Our response to the general practice investment data

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Beccy Baird, Fellow in Health Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

'General practice has been under huge pressure over a number of years, so we should welcome NHS England recognising this by increasing its investment in GP services, and doing so more quickly than the increase in the overall Department of Health Budget. But it is still unclear how much of this increased investment is actually reaching frontline services, and whether it is sufficient to meet the rising demands placed on GPs. The lack of good-quality data means we do not have a clear idea of how much extra is needed, in terms of both funding and number of GPs, and NHS England needs to continue its work to address this.

'We do know that satisfaction with GP services is falling and complaints are rising, which are clear signs of the pressure that general practice is under. While the recent move to recruit more GPs is welcome, we need to better understand why so many GPs are leaving or reducing their hours. It is only by looking at these wider issues that we can address the crisis in general practice for the long term.'

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