GP and practice staff wellbeing is among three key demands being made of the incoming Welsh assembly members by the Royal College of GPs Cymru Wales.
The GP organisation is additionally calling for Assembly members to prioritise:
- GP technology in GP
- Reduction of health inequalities.
In terms of GP staff wellbeing, the RCGP in Wales reports that stress levels in a third of GPs mean they cannot cope at least once or twice a week. The GP representative calls for the introduction of occupational health support, including counselling, as well as protected time for professional and practice development.
Regarding technology in general practice, the highlighted priorities include:
- secure transfer of patient data within and between primary and secondary care
- e-prescribing (currently subject to independent review)
To reduce further health inequalities, GPs say there must be IT or digital literacy skill support for patients using digital NHS services. There should also be a ‘Deep End Wales’ project similar to that rolled out in Scotland to tackle the root causes of poor health outcomes among disadvantaged patients.