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15th October 2021

General Practice - Validate yourself from within

An insightful reflection from Dr Zakariya Goga, GP Partner & Trainer in Sale

With huge thanks to Dr Zakariya Goga, GP Partner and Trainer in Sale for sharing his reflections, and allowing us to publish.

“This is the media, an irresponsible media. It will make the criminal look like he is the victim and make the victim look like he is the criminal. If you are not careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Malcom X 

“I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.” Charles Cooney

The current torrential and relentless vilification of General Practice - the very bedrock of the NHS; that should General Practice fail the entire NHS will fail - is taking a serious toll on the profession. 


14th October 2021

Government’s ‘rescue package’ for GPs is flawed and patient care will suffer as result, warns BMA

BMA press release:

Responding to the publication by the Department of Health and NHS England and NHS Improvement today, outlining their plans to improve access for NHS patients and support for GPs, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said:

“After weeks of promising an ‘emergency package’ to rescue general practice, we’re hugely dismayed that whilst additional funding has been promised, the package as a whole offers very little and shows a Government completely out of touch with the scale of the crisis on the ground".


8th October 2021

Inappropriate Workload Survey is Live

Due to the unprecedented demand placed on General Practice prior to and during the Covid 19 response, the LMC has launched a survey for Salford and Trafford Practices to complete,  as many of you are working far in excess of safe and acceptable limits.

The survey went live on Tuesday 5th October asking for details on the inappropriate workload shift from other providers to General Practice, and can be accessed via the below link. 

Survey for Salford and Trafford GP Practices on Inappropriate workload shift


4th October 2021

Consultant support for GPs

The BMA consultants committee are showing its support in their statement published today, unequivocally condemning the unacceptable abuse against hardworking and dedicated GPs and the general practice workforce – read the statement here.


30th September 2021

GP appointment levels higher than pre-pandemic

Responding to the publication of GP appointment data, Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, BMA GP committee deputy chair, said: 

"Today’s GP data shows that the total number of appointments delivered by general practice in August (25.5 million) remains higher than pre-pandemic levels (23.3 million in August 2019). The percentage of appointments delivered face-to-face has also risen to 57.7%, while the percentage of appointments delivered remotely (by telephone and video consultations) has fallen. GPs are doing their best to give as many patients as possible the appointments they need safely, against a backdrop of a shortage of GPs, all the while still working within the national guidance of infection control and social distancing measures. 


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