BMA LMC Newsletter 20th July 2018

BMA LMC Newsletter 20th July 2018

lmc update 20th july 2018   SoS for health and social care speech – 20 July   Supply issues update for Primary care July...
BMA LMC Newsletter

BMA LMC Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,   Long-term NHS funding boost announced After vigorous campaigning for much-needed additional NHS funding to address a decade of underinvestment, it was good to hear the announcement by prime minister Theresa May that the NHS will get an additional £20bn a year in real-terms funding by 2024. You can read the PM’s speech here. However, while welcome, this is still less than most health economists believe the NHS requires to meet the increased needs of our growing and increasingly elderly population.  Commenting, BMA council chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said: “It is refreshing that the Government has finally conceded that our health service needs extra resources, with BMA analysis showing a significant funding gap compared to other leading European countries. However, we will be scrutinising the detail of this new package of funding to assess the degree to which it will make a real difference in both the short and long term to frontline patient care.” I have met with Simon Stevens and others from NHS England this week and stressed how important it is for general practice to be prioritised as they develop the long term plan using this investment.    The BMA’s response featured in Sky News Online, Pulse, Huffington Post, Evening Standard, Press Association, Yorkshire Post and a number of regional publications. I was also interviewed on Sky News, Dr Chaand Nagpaul on BBC News, and GPC member Dr Peter Holden on East Midlands today.   New committee chairs for GPC Scotland and Northern Ireland GPC Dr Andrew Buist was elected unopposed as chair of the Scottish GP committee for the 2018-2021 sessions.  He will...