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General practice plans need urgent overhaul and extra £2.5bn a year, says RCGP

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3429 (Published 07 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3429
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has called for an extra £2.5bn a year for general practice services and an urgent overhaul of the General Practice Forward View, the five year plan launched two years ago by NHS England amid much fanfare.1

The college’s second annual assessment of the Forward View says that the falling number of full time equivalent GPs is a huge concern. Currently, 1000 fewer GPs work in England than when the plan was published with a target of boosting the workforce by 5000 GPs by 2020.2 “Without enough GPs, …

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