Waiting Times Petition – if you support it act now as time is short (closes 15th Aug) and sign up on line

I have only just been made aware of this petition which is being organised by the Royal College of General Practitioners.  Their message is:

Waiting times to see a GP or practice nurse are soaring.

Funding for general practice is plummeting.

Up to 100 practices in the UK , serving 700,000 patients,  face closure over the next few months.

Don’t let this be the future of general practice, select your country below and sign the petition today!

Note: Hard copies of the petition have been sent to GP surgeries across the UK. Please only sign the petition once – either the hard copy or the online version, not both. Thank you for your support!

The full wording of the Petition is as follows:

Despite carrying out 90% of all NHS patient contacts, general practice only receives 8.39% of the NHS budget in the UK — an historic low. By 2017, this is projected to plunge to just 7.29%.

As a result, general practice is facing a growing crisis.

Due to the sheer volume of GP workloads, in this year alone, patients will have to wait longer than a week to see their GP on at least 27m occasions.

And, according to a poll carried out in March, more than three fifths of the public now believe that the number of patient consultations carried out by GPs — up to 60 per day — is threatening the level of patient care.

To protect high quality services for all patients, I call on the Prime Minister to increase the share of the NHS budget spent on general practice in England to 11% by 2017.

This shift in funding would enable general practice to deliver:

  • Shorter waiting times for appointments and more flexible opening hours
  • Longer consultations, especially for people with long term conditions
  • More opportunity for patients to see a GP who knows them
  • Better care co-ordination and planning, especially for the elderly and those with complex needs
  • Positive benefits for the NHS as a whole, reducing pressure on hospitals

GP surgeries sit at the heart of local communities. I demand that the Government acts now to ensure practices have the resources they need to continue to provide the high quality care patients deserve.

Dr Maureen Baker
Chair Royal College of General Practitionerss

If you have not yet signed, please use the online petition which you can access at Signing online   It is secure and very easy to do.  Simply choose England, Scotland,  Wales or Northern Ireland, scroll down and enter your details.

 For hard copies send them to:   Royal College of General Practitioners, Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2FB

N.B:   Cost of posting:   Please note the whole booklet including the cardboard cover in a large C4 envelope weighs 117gm, so will need a Large Letter stamp –  £1.24 (First class) or £1.17 (second class).   If you remove that outer cover, it will be less that 100gms and need a large letter stamp – 93p (1st) or 72p (2nd)

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