17 March

The BMA has announced that they will be holding an Emergency Conference on the 3rd of May to discuss a crisis in the NHS.

Doctors from all specialisms and disciplines are invited, following on from the emergency conference held by General Practitioners just months before. The GPs discussed with great concern the state of general practice, fearing how they see it breaking apart and suffering greatly. Not to mention, also still dealing with the ongoing junior doctor dispute.

This conference will be taking on a whole new format as the GPs and BMA council members realise they must take immediate action to warn the public about their healthcare system, and the dangers it faces.

To engage a more serious tone and affect, there will be expert speakers and a much longer debate.

Dr Louise Irvine (Lewisham GP and BMA council member ) said:

‘Across the board in healthcare there are major problems,’ said Dr Irvine. ‘This is a way to highlight to the public the dire crisis in the NHS in relation to a wide range of issues – the funding crisis, creeping privatisation, the impact of austerity on people’s health, the crisis in mental healthcare, general practice on its knees – good practices are closing down in parts of the country, and they can’t recruit or survive…We want to use the conference as a way to explore these issues and look for solutions.’ [1]

Dr Irvine went on to warn that we have very little time left to come up with a solution. Not only to save the NHS, but to address all the fundamental key aspects that needed attention a year ago. She worries our NHS faces losing it’s status as a ‘free from point of use’ system, due to the lack of funding it receives.

We consistently see the downfall on General Practice and Primary Care suffering. GPs are frustrated yes, and they are trying desperately to demand to be heard.

We see the recruitment crisis, and we see that GPs are deterred more than ever to consider taking a role in Primary Care. Without the issues being addressed and fixed, it remains a struggle to have the role appear attractive again, for continuity of care to remain strong, and for GPs to go to work for the reason they always wanted to; for the patients.

As the healthcare deteriorates, so does the public. We lose lives of children from under-staffing, we lose GPs from pressure, and we lose respect from (and for) the government and Health Secretary.

We are in full support of the conference, and remain true to sourcing solutions in the industry to ease pressures of both struggling clients and stressed GPs. Please talk to us about what you find most troubling. And should you need any help or advice, please contact our consulting team, we are here to help.

After all, we must take action alongside the BMA to help one another, before none of us can help ourselves.

[1] Gponline.com. (2016). Top GP warns of threat to NHS as BMA calls emergency conference | GPonline. [online] Available at: http://www.gponline.com/top-gp-warns-threat-nhs-bma-calls-emergency-conference/article/1387845 [Accessed 17 Mar. 2016].

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