First Practice Management
- Posted Wednesday December 11, 2019
The General Election is just around the corner and General Practice and the NHS have been a key political battleground throughout the campaign. FPM has taken an in-depth look at the main parties’ promises relating to the NHS and Primary Care to help clear up some of the political fog.
With many worrying statistics around Primary Care, including the first sustained fall of GP numbers for 50 years (Nuffield Trust), it’s more important than ever that the next Government focuses on improving the service across the UK.
A theme running throughout this election campaign has been the lack of trust in what the public is being told by politicians, but statistics offer more clarity. According to The Health Foundation, the numbers of GPs has fallen by 1.6% from 27,836 FTE in September 2017 to 27,386 FTE in September 2018, moving further away from the targets set out in the GP Forward View.
Whichever way the election goes, we hope that the NHS and specifically primary care benefits from the renewed focus it has been under over the past few months.