GPs forecasting an ‘apocalyptic’ winter for primary care

19th August 2022 by NASGP

GPs forecasting an ‘apocalyptic’ winter for primary care

GPs are forecasting an ‘apocalyptic’ winter for 2022 following an unrelenting summer of work, Pulse reports.

GPs told the magazine that appointments were running at 100% above 2019 levels.

LocumDeck, NASGP’s independent platform, has also seen upward trends across metrics.

The number of members booking work instantly (LocumDeck’s Instant Book feature) is at its highest point ever.

Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The entire NHS is facing an incredibly difficult winter ahead. We certainly support measures to ease pressures facing colleagues in hospitals and improve patient access to these services during this time, but we also need to see more being done to help general practice get through what is likely to be a very tough period.”

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: “With the prospect of energy price increases, transport strikes and inflation likely to get worse this winter, it’s hard to see there being any short-term solutions to this.

“Newly-qualified GPs who have started out in their new GP career as locums will be particularly vulnerable to accepting too many offers of work over this period.

“Our advice is to regularly check in with other GP locum colleagues, for example through NASGP Locum Chambers, and make sure you have scheduled enough breaks to see you through.”

Join our Q&A with Dr Helen Garr, clinical lead at NHS Practitioner Health. and raise questions about what work-life balance means for GP locums this winter.

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