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Fiona Bruce will spend a day with a GP
8:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
FIONA Bruce is one of 100 MPs across England to have accepted an invitation from the British Medical Association to see firsthand the day to day workings of a GP practice.
The BMA’s GP practice visit scheme was launched in June, and 100 MPs from across the political spectrum have signed up to the scheme to allow them to see the pressures facing general practice.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA’s GP committee, said: “I am delighted that 100 MPs have taken up the BMA’s offer of spending time with a local GP practice and their staff since we launched the scheme in June.
“The future of general practice is a subject of intense debate as it faces a series of unique pressures that are placing many GP services under strain.
“Patient demand continues to rise from an aging society and a patient population whose health needs are becoming more complex.
“GPs are working harder than ever before to meet these challenges. More than 340 million patient consultations are now estimated to be undertaken annually by GPs, up 40 million since 2008.
“It is vital that politicians get a real understanding not just of the pressures that many practices are facing, but how greater support from government would help general practice deliver even better care to patients.”
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