New first minister for Wales must prioritise practices, says RCGP

The RCGP is calling for Wales’s newly-elected first minister to make GP practices a priority

Mark Drakeford has been elected as the new first minister for Wales, and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Wales has called on him to “move the dial of the health service in favour of general practice”.

The RCGP has said its recent ‘Transforming general practice‘ report should form the basis of a “much-needed package of support for general practice”.

Dr Peter Saul, RCGP Wales joint chair, commented on Drakeford’s election:

“The new first minister has previously spoken of the need to ‘move the dial of the health service in favour of general practice’. We look forward to him setting a strong direction as first minister to make this a reality.

“Last week the College published ‘Transforming general practice: Building a profession fit for the future‘. This report was informed by our member’s experiences and presents a snapshot of general practice in 2018, shining a spotlight on high levels of stress, concern about the future, and worry about financial sustainability within the profession.

“We also made a number of recommendations, which should form the basis of a much-needed package of support for general practice. The College looks forward to working constructively with the first minister and the Welsh government to put general practice on a stable footing.”

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