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MPs agree new financial security pledge for general practice

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h721 (Published 09 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h721
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs have agreed to a motion that commits the government to securing the financial future of general practice and have voiced strong support for the work done by GPs. However, GP leaders are sceptical about what they called “rhetoric” in the debate, which they fear will lead to little concrete action.

During a three hour debate in the House of Commons on 5 February MPs debated a motion that recognised the vital contribution GPs make to the NHS and acknowledged that there were justified concerns about the strain on services and that they needed better funding.

The motion, sparked by the “Put patients first: back general practice” campaign (www.rcgp.org.uk/campaign-home.aspx) led by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Association for Patient Participation, was sponsored by a cross party group of MPs.

Derek Twigg, Labour MP for Halton, proposed the motion, which called on the health secretary to work with NHS England and the royal college to secure the financial future of local GP services “as a matter of urgency.” He said that the vast majority of GPs did an …

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