The BMA is conducting a survey of GPs’ opinions of the present situation in general practice and to assess GPs’ appetite for political action.
The survey notes that patients and the media are calling on general practice to increase appointments, specifically face to face. Government guidance remains for practices to ensure social distancing and make use of remote triage/consultations to protect patients and staff. Most practices are providing a balance of remote triage, telephone, digital and face to face appointments based on their assessment of patient need.
The BMA has called on the government to enable and support general practice over the coming winter, to work with us to implement long term solutions to the issues facing general practice and to condemn any abuse or violence targeted at NHS staff. Specific requests include:
- Clear public backing for GPs from Government, recognising workplace pressure
- Urgent investment in primary care and remove unnecessary bureaucracy
- Increased sentencing for those who assault healthcare and emergency workers
- Cooperation on a national campaign to stop the abuse of NHS staff.
The survey also asks GPs for views on the possible “actions” should there not be a satisfactory response from Government. The BMA stresses that this is not a ballot but an assessment of views.
The survey is aimed at GPs who primarily work in England and who are working in NHS general practice.
The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and is online