Copeland MP, Jamie Reed has welcomed the announcement by NHS England of extra funding for General Practice, but has warned the funding should be ‘front-loaded’. NHS England announced that an extra £2.4 billion a year will be available by 2020/21, but Jamie Reed has said this funding should be brought forward to cope with the pressures currently facing primary care.
The most recent GP Patient Survey revealed that more than 1 in 5 patients in Cumbria waited a week or more to see their GP or were unable to get an appointment at all the last time they tried.
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:
“Our family doctors are at breaking point. They work tirelessly in trying circumstances. Extra investment is absolutely necessary and this is why today’s announcement by NHS England is welcome.
“The investment is a step in the right direction, but it is clear that the full amount won’t be available until 2020/21. General Practice is under intense pressure now and this investment should be front-loaded, meaning we should see this investment brought forward so GPs aren’t waiting around for five years for the full amount.
“We all rely on our NHS and extra funding is welcome, but the Government has to work closely with the NHS and with GPs directly to ensure that our key services have the resources that they need.”