The NHS is teetering on the brink of collapse as the number of patient consultations soars to an all-time high while funding for general practice has dropped to an historic low, according to the chair of the Royal College of GPs.
Dr Maureen Baker said GPs were seeing between 40 and 60 patients in a day and there are now 40 million more patients a year in general practice than there were five years ago, yet funding had dropped.
“GPs and their teams are doing their best for patients but we cannot keep on doing more and more for less,” she said. “GPs conduct 90% of NHS patient contacts for just 8.39% of the total NHS budget.
“The BMA’s ‘Your GP Cares’ campaign complements the College’s own 'Put patients first: Back general practice' campaign and we are pleased that the BMA is joining us to highlight the very real pressures facing our profession – and the risks to our patients - and to call on decision makers to take urgent action."
Dr Baker added that by working together, the College and the BMA would ensure that general practice receives the resources it needs to keep the NHS sustainable and deliver the care that our patients need and deserve.
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