GP workforce ‘deterioration’ will hinder plan to move hospital care into practices

The ‘ongoing deterioration’ of the GP workforce will seriously hinder the Government’s plan to move care out of hospitals and into the community, according to a new report.

The analysis, published by the Health Foundation, found worrying trends in the NHS workforce, with the number of FTE GPs falling by 1.6% (450) between September 2017 and September 2018.

The NHS long-term plan, which sets out how the Government will spend a £20.5bn funding boost for the NHS, set aside £4.5bn to ensure care is diverted away from secondary care and into primary care and the community.

But, this report into NHS staffing casts doubt into how this will work, stating workforce shortages will ‘severely hinder progress’.


Full story on Pulse, 15 Feburary 2019