Response to Prime Ministers Speech

The NAPC listened with great interest to the Prime Ministers first major speech since returning to No. 10. In response to David Cameron’s pre-election commitment to increase budgets by at least £8 billion by 2020 and create “seven-day” health service, The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) reiterates the need for integrated working across primary care and beyond and states that primary care is the best possible place to deliver high quality care closer to home.

Dr Nav Chana, Chairman of NAPC citing a recent publication on Workforce Planning “Any increase in the number of GPs must be accompanied by more sophisticated approaches to recruitment and retention, as well as a fundamental review of the model of care in which GPs operate.”

Dr Chana went on to say “Primary care organised around general practice has a pivotal role to play but it must be transformed to face challenges.”

The National Association of Primary care working with and supporting members across the country understand the importance of Primary Care as being 97% of first contact verses 8% of budget based on tariffs, reimbursement and contracts.

Dr James Kingsland, OBE, President of NAPC said “NAPC has led the charge on behalf of members to work collaboratively across the NHS spectrum putting people and not diseases at the heart of service delivery.”

Dr Nikita Kanani, Honorary Secretary, NAPC said “NAPC is working with members around demonstrating and implementation of the Five Year Forward View and New Models of Care. We have spoken with numerous members that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and are already providing seven-day access and beyond.”

The NAPC also welcomes the focus of the quality of mental health services as it time and time again emphasises the central role these play in many of its innovation projects working directly with primary care front line.

Dr Nav Chana said “Our Primary Care Innovation Projects have an importance on real health outcomes related to self-care, self-management and patient activation where the patient’s mental state and support network is key. They prove behavioral change is hard not just for the health professional but also for the patient but we believe it’s at he heart of rethinking what Primary care can be”

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