Whilst the Workers of England supports the continued investment in General Practice it is the level of investment in NHS England’s front line staff that we want increasing, this my not necessarily mean higher wages but instead may mean better working conditions or benefits.
Retaining good staff within the NHS should be a priority and their expertise and commitment to Health Care should not be lost to private Health firms.
NHS England boss pledges to continue investing in general practice
Simon Stevens was speaking at a King’s Fund conference on NHS leadership when he said that there was ‘no version of reality’ in which the NHS did not need ‘stronger primary care’.
He said that although NHS England would be ‘guided’ by the new Government, it had ‘no doubt’ that NHS England’s Five Year Forward View plans were ‘the right things for us to be working on’.
His comments come as NHS England hailed its work to date in its update on the programme in March, which was setting out the next steps and claimed NHS England had already overseen an 8% increase in GP funding.
He added that although ‘real terms spend on primary care had been going down in the years prior to the creation of NHS England’, his organisation has ‘put a kink in the downturn’.
He added: ‘[We] are committed to continuing to improve that situation, linked to the changes in the GP Forward View.’
Mr Stevens also told delegates that the current financial year would see ‘a lot of change’ happening to the NHS and general practice in particular.