- Sajid Javid plans to name surgeries that aren’t enough in-person appointments
- The BMA said it was outraged by the ‘deliberate, relentless humiliation of village panchayats’.
- He has called on doctors to boycott the schemes and will decide on industrial action
Doctors in England have threatened industrial action in protest against plans to strengthen them to see more patients face-to-face.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid last week published proposals to use league tables and ‘name and shame’ surgeries that failed to meet individual placement targets.
Before the pandemic, about eight out of 10 appointments were face-to-face, but in August only 58 percent took place in person.
The England GP Committee of the British Medical Association has called on doctors in the country’s 6,600 surgeries not to comply with requirements.
It will soon decide whether doctors should take industrial action on the plans, saying it was angered by the ‘deliberate, relentless humiliation of the villagers’.
While it would not be an outright strike, the move saw thousands of doctors reduce the amount of work they do in the critical time leading up to winter.
The GP is left with no option but to take this action. Dr Richard Voutray, chairman of the BMA’s GP committee, said all attempts to persuade the government to present a workable plan that would bring immediate and long-term improvement for doctors and their patients have so far failed.
It comes as doctors said this week they did not have the capacity to play a major role in accelerating the rollout of the Covid booster drive, as demand for appointments increased after the lockdown.
The British Medical Association claimed today that GPs ‘out-and-out’ rejected Sajid Javid (pictured, right) a £250 million plan to give patients face-to-face appointments. Image left: Dr Richard Voutray, BMA GP Committee England chair
The number of face-to-face GP appointments declined at the start of the pandemic when surgeries were asked to remotely see patients where possible. But despite normalcy at large in the country, in-person visits have yet to climb to pre-pandemic levels. The graph above shows the number of face-to-face GP appointments (red line) from the end of 2019 to the month
Over the past decade, the average number of sessions GPs work a day has decreased while their pay increases have increased. In 2012 the average GP worked 7.3 sessions a week, but this has now fallen to 6.6 per week, which is equivalent to three days of work a week. Average GP income increased by over £6,000 over the same period. A GP’s daily work is divided into sessions. According to the NHS, a full-time GP works 8 sessions a week, composed of two sessions a day, usually starting at 8am and ending at 6.30pm, although these hours can vary .
The health secretary’s plan – which sparked outrage among doctors – included an additional £250 million funding for surgery to increase their capacity for face-to-face appointments.
The cash will go to use Lokam and other healthcare workers – such as physiotherapists and podiatrists – to increase same-day care.
Doctors accuse No. 10 of ‘deliberate negligence’ for rejecting masks and WFH
Doctors have accused the government of ‘deliberate negligence’ not to reimpose face masks and WFH guidance despite warnings that Covid cases could rise to 100,000 a day within weeks.
This week a group of NHS bosses, trade unions and high profile scientists called on the country to take a tougher stance on coronavirus restrictions amid rising infection numbers and a lagging booster vaccine rollout.
But at a Downing Street press conference, Health Secretary Sajid Javid held his nerve and insisted the pressure on hospitals was not yet ‘unstoppable’, in comments that angered health chiefs warning the NHS were already suffering from Covid, the flu and the pandemic. Starting to creak under pressure. Backlog due to pandemic.
Health Minister Edward Egger echoed his boss this morning saying the NHS is under ‘permanent pressure at the moment’ and the current plan is ‘still in the works’.
But the government has been accused of falling asleep in another crisis and not heeding warnings from Sir Patrick Vallance, who last month said ministers would be ‘getting tough with coronavirus restrictions this winter’ if cases rise. should go.
Dr Chand Nagpaul, head of the British Medical Association, said last night: ‘It is the Westminster government’s deliberate negligence that no further action is being taken to reduce the spread of infection, such as mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing and high wind ventilation requirements. -Exposure settings, especially indoor crowded places.
‘Westminster Government said it would implement ‘Plan B’ to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed; As frontline doctors, we can categorically say that the time has come.
‘By the health secretary’s own admission we could soon have seen 100,000 cases a day and now we have the same number of weekly Covid deaths as it did during March, when the country was under lockdown. It is therefore incredibly worrying that he is unwilling to take immediate action to save lives and protect the NHS.’
Under the plans, the NHS will also publish a league table of how many individual consultations per month each GP will have in surgery to ‘increase transparency and accountability’.
But the BMA’s England GP committee rejected the proposals, as they ‘fundamentally failed to address the ongoing crisis in normal practice’.
It said the health secretary had ‘ignored the expertise and experience of the family doctors’ while prescribing the plan and ‘will result in loss of patient care’.
He called for surgery to stop implementing plans and efforts to recruit additional staff to increase individual hiring.
The committee will soon vote on the move to take industrial action on the plans as well as publish the details…