GP Recruitment Improvements-Important first steps to reducing list sizes in Wales

GP RECRUITMENT IMPROVEMENTS IMPORTANT FIRST STEP TO REDUCING LIST SIZES IN WALES

 

SHA Cymru welcomes this increase in the numbers of doctors in general practice training in Wales to 176 with funded posts increased to 160. This means that there has been a 58.5% increase in trainees in post over the last two years.

 

These increases and the fact that almost all posts are filled is a crucial prerequisite to meeting the challenges of A Healthier Wales. The next step is making sure that these increases in training positions are converted into front line general practitioners.

 

SHA Cymru supports an immediate target of a 10% increase in GP numbers to get list sizes down to an average of 1400 patients / GP across Wales with priority being given to vulnerable groups and those areas which have the greatest health care needs.

 

As well the Welsh Government must take steps to make general practice more attractive by offering a greater diversity in career pathways including more public service, salaried GP posts.

Please direct any enquiries to Tony Beddow Secretary SHA Cymru tonesue@aol.com

 

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SOCIAL CARE MODEL IS BROKEN – IT’S TIME FOR A RADICAL CHANGE.

 

SHA Cymru welcomes the Welsh Government’s announcement of an extra £22.7m for social care in Wales to supplement the extra £40m provided earlier this year.  This is a crucial increase to support for the sector which was very much in the Covid-19 front line over recent months.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of the sector and its whole business model is in need of urgent review.

 

We note that this view is shared by Mario Kreft MBE, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, who responded to the news by stating that the system of funding care is fundamentally broken.

 

However unlike Mr Kreft SHA Cymru believes that the key lessons to be learned over recent months are that steps need to be taken include to bring more of our care services back into the public sector as part of a wider programme to establish a National Care Service in Wales.

 

These steps are the only way to improve the status of care workers. They need better pay and training to reduce the massive staff turnover in the sector and to truly value these vital frontline workers.

Please direct any enquiries to Tony Beddow Secretary SHA Cymru tonesue@aol.com