The government needs to understand that general practice is a ‘safety critical occupation’ and it is now increasingly difficult for GPs to work full-time in general practice if they are to practise safely, the RCGP chair has said.
RCGP annual conference 2021
The face-to-face care debate has become ‘too polarised’, NHS England’s top GP has warned – urging GPs to ‘stay close’ to patients to avoid a wedge being driven between practices and communities.
GPs can apply learning from the COVID-19 response to help fight the climate emergency and the pandemic offers the chance to ‘build back better’, experts have told the RCGP annual conference.
A GP with long COVID has urged other doctors to listen to patients who have the illness and not to underestimate the suffering and fear many have been through, particularly those who became unwell early in the pandemic.
General practice must ensure its voice is heard as national inquiries into the initial handling and longer-term impact of COVID-19 begin in the UK and around the world – and ensure lessons are learned and shared internationally, according to a leading GP.
England’s chief medical officer has thanked GPs for their ‘outstanding’ efforts during the pandemic – warning that the current situation would be ‘catastrophically worse’ without their hard work.
In his keynote address at the RCGP annual conference 2021, college chair Professor Martin Marshall paid tribute to GPs who made the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ during the pandemic, discussed challenges facing the profession and hopes for the future. Read the speech in full below.
GP Dr Alex Sohal and colleagues have won this year’s RCGP Research Paper of the Year for a study looking at improving the healthcare response to domestic violence and abuse in UK primary care.
Most GPs are spending a large proportion of their working day sitting down, which could be putting their health at risk, according to research that is being presented at the RCGP annual conference this week.
The government should take immediate steps to cut bureaucracy in general practice to help tackle the current workload crisis, including scaling back the QOF and requirements for CQC regulation, the RCGP chair has said.
General practice is changing faster than ever before – but only a larger workforce can help the profession respond to chronic excess workload, RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall has warned.
GPonline speaks to RCGP chair Professor Martin Marshall ahead of the college’s annual conference in Liverpool this week.