Increasing workloads blamed for Wiltshire GPs working 15-hour days

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Family doctors in Wiltshire are under pressure because of increasing workloads and a shortage of new GPs Family doctors in Wiltshire are under pressure because of increasing workloads and a shortage of new GPs

Family doctors in Wiltshire are under pressure because of increasing workloads and a shortage of new GPs.

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s governing body was told that savings had to be made by using acute hospitals less and treating patients at home or close to their home in the community.

Dr Celia Grummitt, vice-chairman of the Sarum Group of GPs, said while GPs understood this, they were doing their best to meet workloads.

Dr Grummitt, of the Cross Plain practice in Shrewton and Durrington, said: “GPs are feeling under pressure and under resourced to do the day job. The NHS is not looking well.

“We have doctors working 15 hour days; they are not going to run off and leave their patients, but they can’t sustain it.”

Dr Toby Davies, chairman of the Sarum Group and a GP in Ludgershall and Tidworth, said: “The Government’s new contract (for GPs) has made it worse. For two per cent of our most vulnerable patients we have to contact them and write a care plan. In many ways it’s a good idea but they have given us just two months to do that.”

He said a survey by Wessex Local Medical Committee had found that 430 GPs will retire in the next two years and only 300 GPs were being trained.

Dr Grummitt said: “There is a shortage of GPs. Young doctors are leaving this country in their droves. Fifty per cent of current student doctors say they will go abroad.”

The CCG meeting, held in Devizes on May 20, was told that it had ended the 2013/14 financial year with a £5 million surplus, as planned. This money will be returned to the Department of Health.

For this financial year the CCG plans to finish with a surplus of £5.3m. Its budget has increased by almost £4m to £525m.

It plans to redesign services to release £11.6m, of which £7m will be from acute hospitals.

The CCG’s annual report and accounts are due to be published on its website on June 13.

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10:31am Fri 30 May 14

melkshamwizard says...

if this is true why is the Giffords in Melksham advertising for new patients,if you need an appointment there it is a average of two weeks wait,
if this is true why is the Giffords in Melksham advertising for new patients,if you need an appointment there it is a average of two weeks wait, melkshamwizard
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11:47am Fri 30 May 14

Yer Tis says...

"The CCG meeting, held in Devizes on May 20, was told that it had ended the 2013/14 financial year with a £5 million surplus, as planned. This money will be returned to the Department of Health."

So not to go for local patient care then, would the CCG care to explain to us why!
"The CCG meeting, held in Devizes on May 20, was told that it had ended the 2013/14 financial year with a £5 million surplus, as planned. This money will be returned to the Department of Health." So not to go for local patient care then, would the CCG care to explain to us why! Yer Tis
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2:41pm Sat 31 May 14

crazyladyz says...

health care is a joke i went 4 days with no mediction recently because the surgery kept saying they had sent it to the chemist when they had not and it arrived 4 days later with the date on it as 4 days late and i am a diabetic on insulin so had no sugar control for these 4 days as it was like trying to get blood out of a stone to get the practice to do my script so recently had retina screening now looks like i have retinopathy and i think thats due to thos 4 days with no insulin thanks for that the gp practice i attend for leaving me with nomeds at all nice one
health care is a joke i went 4 days with no mediction recently because the surgery kept saying they had sent it to the chemist when they had not and it arrived 4 days later with the date on it as 4 days late and i am a diabetic on insulin so had no sugar control for these 4 days as it was like trying to get blood out of a stone to get the practice to do my script so recently had retina screening now looks like i have retinopathy and i think thats due to thos 4 days with no insulin thanks for that the gp practice i attend for leaving me with nomeds at all nice one crazyladyz
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