The government today announcing a winter support program for general practitioners, the Secretary of Health doubled this morning his intention to introduce more transparent information on general surgeries.
Denying that these proposals were rankings, Sajid Javid told BBC Radio Four Today: “We will not publish any rankings. What the NHS will do is provide more detailed information about primary care at a practice-by-practice level ”.
Detailing how the supplemental information plans had already been piloted effectively with 60 practices, Javid said, “The point is transparency and accountability. Right now this information is published regionally through what is called a local CCJ, it is right that it is published at the practice-by-practice level ”.
Some groups of general practitioners are known to be wary of new information proposals, the Secretary of Health justified the initiative in terms of health inequalities.
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“I believe passionately in the fight against disparities in health, in the improvement of health care. We live in a country where depending on where you live the health outcomes are very different, and how are we going to deal with them if we don’t have local and specific information ”
“So for people who care about health disparities and want something done about it, we need information to work and see what works.”
Mr Javid’s comments come after the government this morning announced an initiative to provide additional support to general practitioners this winter. The move follows claims that the level of face-to-face dating has dropped from four-fifths before the pandemic to less than three-fifths.
Although a record number of students are now in medical training, the Secretary of Health acknowledged the medical establishment’s concerns about the current shortage of general practitioners.
“It is absolutely true that we need more GPs, be they locums or otherwise, and this is something the government has been investing in for some time. Over the past two years we have seen an increase, but not enough ”.
With medical facility reporting shortages of GPs and locums, today’s government announcement contains plans to support capacity by shifting some of the workload to GPs through program expansion community pharmacy.
The British Medical Association (BMA) sharply criticized the government for being “out of touch” and warned that general practitioners were on the verge of “the worst winter in decades”.
Union GP Chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘GPs across England will be truly horrified that this is being touted as a lifeline for GP when in reality it could completely sink the ship. “
In light of the review, Sally Warren, policy director of the health-focused think tank, The King’s Fund, said:
“As the health and care system moves from a time defined by competition to one where collaboration and working in partnership is much more important, it is helpful to reflect on the leadership skills required today and the future.
“We know that compassionate and inclusive leadership is essential to successfully providing good quality care. It is essential that the review does not focus on effectiveness at the expense of the leadership qualities necessary to ensure that staff feel valued and capable of providing the best possible care.
“The history of the NHS is littered with reviews of management and leadership by figures outside the NHS that have not had a significant impact, so the government will need to be clear on what will be different this time around.
“Leading health and care services is one of the most difficult leadership tasks in this country, so it is essential that this review ensures that leaders feel supported to take on these complex and demanding roles. ”