MPs criticise government for complacency over GP crisis

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 09 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1415
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

MPs have criticised the Department of Health for England and NHS England for being “complacent” about the rising levels of demand in general practice over the past decade and for failing to act quickly enough to tackle staffing shortages.

Demand for general practice services had outstripped capacity throughout the past 10 years, and national leaders had been too slow to realise the severity of the situation, said the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in a new report.1

The report urged government bodies to report back to the committee by December 2016 setting out how they plan to …

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