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Labour pledges to increase funding for GPs

BMJ 2024; 386 doi: (Published 09 July 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;386:q1521
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

The new Labour government has promised to increase the proportion of NHS funds going to general practice and “bring back the family doctor” so as to “fix the front door of the NHS.”

Health secretary Wes Streeting’s first major policy announcement came on a visit to a general practice, where he said he wanted to “shift the focus of the NHS out of hospitals and into the community.”

“Patients are finding it harder than ever to see a GP. Patients can’t get through the front door of the NHS, so they aren’t getting the timely care they need,” he said on a visit to Abbey Medical Centre in London on 8 July. “That’s no surprise, when GPs and primary care have been receiving a smaller proportion of NHS resources. I’m committed to reversing that.”

Streeting also said, “We are committed to bringing back the family doctor, so patients can see the same doctor each appointment, fixing the …

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