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Urgent prescription for general practice

Urgent Prescription for General Practice event at Houses of Parliament, 25 May 2016
Dr Richard Vautrey and Baroness Sheila Hollins

About the urgent prescription for general practice

When we launched Urgent Prescription for General Practice in January 2016, the profession was facing some of its toughest challenges, with workload and patient demand at unprecedented levels, as highlighted in our report Responsive, safe and sustainable.

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Our campaign served to highlight these challenges, offer solutions to government, and provide advice and support for practices on how to deal with these issues. We campaigned for:

  • safe, manageable workload
  • more time with patients
  • increased practice funding
  • more staff to support GPs
  • less box ticking

Our Saving general practice campaign is an initiative that continues the work we began with the Urgent Prescription campaign, and seeks to highlight urgent steps which need to be taken to save general practice.

Saving general practice


What we did

  • Survey of GPs in England

    We asked GPs in England to complete a survey, one which was was much more focused than in previous years.

    The survey covered the following key areas:

    • Workload
    • Workforce
    • Working at scale

    More than 5,000 practices responded.

    Read the results

  • Stories of GPs in crisis

    The issues we aim to address are a harsh reality for GPs working on the front line of primary care.

    We've collected stories from real life doctors who share the everyday challenges they face to deliver the care their patients deserve.

    Find out more