Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

12 DEC 2017

General Practice

Thank you for taking the time to email me about general practice.

This month in Parliament I hosted a meeting for MPs with the chair of the Royal College of GPs and the lead for primary care at NHS England and we were able to discuss the progress and hurdles towards the long term plan to tackle the workforce shortfall and other pressures.

The link to the Forward View for General Practice  sets the issues out very clearly

Great efforts are now going in to try to increase the numbers training to become GPs and to diversify the workforce by allowing greater direct access to physiotherapists, specialist nurses, mental health workers and pharmacists as part of a wider team. In the short term however, this has not kept pace with the retirement bulge of full time GPs. I'm afraid the NHS has long had a poor track record of workforce planning and this is an area which as chair of the Health Committee I have been actively pursuing to encourage further action.

On funding, you may have seen my many statements on this as I believe the best way forward is for the government to look at the sustainable long term sustainable funding of both the NHS and social care together and to plan for this on a cross Party basis. You may find the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the funding of the NHS of interest.

I support its findings.

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