Family doctors in Wales are under massive - and mounting - strain. For years, GPs have been saying they’re weighed down by excess patient demand, increased paperwork and declining investment. It’s been described as an “industrial hazard”.
A quarter of GP’s are due to retire in the next five years and others are leaving the profession early due to high levels of stress. Others no longer want the responsibility of running a surgery as an independent contractor.
"In Wales we see about 19 million GP appointments a year and every year that’s increased by three quarters of a million so in ten years we’ve had a 40% increase in consultations." Credit: ITV Cymru Wales
– Dr Debbie Waters, Chair of the Local Medical Committee for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
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The GPC document - Quality first: managing workload to deliver safe patient care confirms that, despite pressures, the safe provision of care to patients must remain GPs’ overriding priority, and so with reference to this the LMC informs that consultation is underway about how LMC can support practices with this approach.
The LMC has now presented this approach to the Medical Director, the CEO and also at a meeting with the Clinical Directors in August.
It is hoped that this advice, documents and standard template letters, that can be sent back to the requestor, will allow practices to control the influx of innapropriate workload.
We have also included a standardised form, for practices to report back to the LMC, which will allow monitoring of any inappropriate work transfer on a regular basis. This will continue to inform discussion with ABUHB representatives and identify any service gaps in provision.
This website has been substantially updated and improved, and now uses a content management system to deliver its information.
This will allow us more control over information in terms of how and when it is published, as well as providing a modern, responsive layout that works across all devices - desktops, tablets and smartphones.
We aim to provide a platform of communication to the practices of Gwent, providing you with dynamic and up-to-date information regarding the activities of Gwent LMC.
Committee Members may also log in to access Calendar & Meeting minutes once registered on the site.
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