DEVON LOCAL MEDICAL COMMITTEE
NEW ALERT STATUS HIGHLIGHTS PRESSURE ON DEVON’S GP SURGERIES
An innovative new reporting system is being rolled out in Devon to highlight the pressure on local GP surgeries. Devon Local Medical Committee (LMC), which represents and supports general practice in the county, has launched a new ‘alert status’ – believed to be the first in the country – so GP practices can flag how much pressure they are under and when they have reached unsustainable and unsafe workload levels. Devon – like elsewhere in the country – is facing rising patient demand for access to general practice services at a time when there are fewer GPs available to deliver them. Dr Bruce Hughes, Chair of the LMC, said: “Our innovative new reporting system will help provide robust evidence about the pressure faced by our local GP practices – and greater recognition of the scale and challenges. “The pressure acute hospitals are under is well publicised and is captured by the OPEL Framework. General practice has had no equivalent and so the Government, healthcare providers, commissioners and patients can sometimes assume that things are not so bad for local GP practices. “The alert status will help us strengthen our case as we continue to lobby for more resources and less bureaucracy to ensure local general practice is sustainable in the future so patients receive appropriate treatment, care and support for their clinical needs.” Under the reporting scheme, local GP surgeries are encouraged to complete an anonymised weekly report and self-grade themselves either Green, Amber, Red or Black. More details can be found on our Alert State page.
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