GP leaders have slammed attempts to ‘scapegoat’ GPs for the NHS crisis, after widespread reports that Downing Street sources had blamed GPs for making patients suffer by failing to provide enough access to appointments.
GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the cause of the crisis engulfing parts of the health service was underfunding, and warned this was ‘not the time to deflect blame or scapegoat overstretched GP services’.
Conservative MP and former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston called comments attributed to Downing Street ‘beyond belief’.
Reports over the weekend suggested that some practice funding could in future be linked to the requirement to open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week unless they can prove there is no local demand.
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GPC chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul