18 December 2012

RCGP Press Comment on NCB Document

RCGP media comment on NHS Commissioning Board document Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013-14

RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada said: "We are concerned that this will create unrealistic expectations, especially at a time when financial constraints are placing a severe strain on our NHS and the care that we can provide for our patients. 

"We fully support patients having more influence in their healthcare, but the reality is that GPs are increasingly having to make very tough and unpopular decisions. We must make sure that they do not end up being scapegoats for the rationing that lies ahead as less money is invested.

"In times of austerity it is important that we invest in what we know works best for patients - general practice. The focus should be on targeting resources on those who need them most, and on collaboration and cooperation, not competition."


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