Proposals have been unveiled in the Queen's Speech to enshrine in law the £20.5 billion NHS funding, promised by former Prime Minister Theresa May, and equivalent to an extra £33.9 billion in cash terms.
Ahead of the general election, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) analysed official NHS data and showed that general practice is currently operating with 9325 GPs below the number required, meaning the NHS needs more than 9000 extra full time equivalent (FTE) GPs to deliver safe care.
Following a Cancer Research UK study, which found that almost 3400 patients experienced an avoidable delay in their cancer diagnosis over a one-year period, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has called for rapid GP access to cancer tests.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock warned that removing home visits from the core GP contract was a "complete non-starter", after local medical committees (LMCs) narrowly voted to remove home visits from the agreement.
The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that problems with the workforce, premises and pensions must be addressed to have a chance of delivering on his pledge to "drastically reduce" GP waiting times, which was made in his first speech as Prime Minister.