Please see below in regards to a message recieved from the National association of Patient Participation and The Royal College of General Practitioners.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) are running a major campaign, called Put patients first: Back general practice , which aims to persuade the four governments of the UK to increase investment in general practice – so that practice teams everywhere have the resources they need to continue to provide the high quality care patients deserve.
Our campaign, launched last November, has already started to make real headway: generating wall-to-wall national media coverage and persuading many prominent politicians to say publicly that general practice is underfunded. However, to convince ministers and other politicians to back up their supportive words with new resources we urgently need your support.
If, together, we can collect a million signatures we will be able to show politicians, in each of the four nations, that patients back our cause for the level of investment in general practice to be increased from the current historic low of 8.39% to 11% of the UK NHS budget by 2017. This would be the equivalent of an increase of £2.8bn for general practice per year – and allow practice teams to deliver, among other things, shorter waiting times, longer consultations and better continuity of care.
The petition is available to sign in the surgery reception or f or those who would like to sign the petition online, they can do so here . It would be fantastic if you could promote the online petition on your websites and through social media.
We are receiving feedback from practices across the UK that they are getting overwhelming support from their patients for the petition. We are also hearing of practices going above and beyond by putting extra petitions in their local post office, taking them to local fetes and encouraging their Patient Participation Group to get behind it.
Thank you to all of you – it is wonderful to hear that GPs and patients are uniting to back general practice. Together, practice teams deliver 90% of all NHS contacts, now we need to ensure that they get at least 11% of the NHS budget, so that they can consistently deliver decent patient care.
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(Site updated 17/07/2014)