What exactly is the “new deal” that the Government is saying it has offered general practice?
The “new deal” for general practice was first proposed by Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt in a speech in June. He said that general practice was the “jewel in the crown” of the health service and that its strategic importance to the NHS cannot be overstated. He acknowledged that even though 90% of all NHS contact takes place via GP consultations, successive governments have undervalued the vital role it has to play and had failed to provide adequate investment.
The result, he stated, has been a situation wherein many GPs feel “overwhelmed by demand” and “undervalued by the system” and as such are unable to give the comprehensive care they want to.
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