Reality Bites 7

General practice - terminally ill or fit for a cure?

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 09:00 GMT Jump to Comments
           

As the Government promises GP practices open seven days a week, 12 hours a day, by 2020, RealityBites discusses the immediate crisis in general practice and asks "what has to be done simply to maintain existing service levels"?

RealityBites - The National Healthcare Conversation is a weekly podcast, between Ben Gowland and Joe Tibbetts, focussing on healthcare and UK health and care services.

There is no doubt that General Practice is under threat. Recruitment is not even managing to replace natural wastage and this at a time when more not fewer GPs are needed. GP practices advertise vacant positions and get no applicants whatsoever. General practitioners are being asked to change and change quickly. They are being asked to do more and often with less. All against a background of uncertainty and legacy systems some of which date back sixty years.

The politicians are marshalling their arguments and their rhetoric to prove that their way of dealing with the crisis is the one to vote for. But politician's messages can, necessarily, touch only the surface of a problem. For those who wish to really understand the shape and size of the healthcare problem and in particular the depth and complexity of the GP crisis we have recorded three (roughly) twenty minute podcasts talking about nothing else. Spend an hour listening to the National Healthcare Conversation:

RealityBites 05: Doctors in Distress - Does General Practice have a future? If so, what is it?

RealityBites 06: General Practice. Going out of fashion? Corner shop or supermarket?

RealityBites 07: General Practice. Terminally ill or fit for a cure

Ben Gowland is the CEO of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group and formerly Director of Service Improvement and Quality at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. Joe Tibbetts is the publisher of HealthCare Innovation Daily - an Information Daily online title, and is founder of the INSOMNIACS group on LinkedIn.

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