The Royal Of General Practitioners

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Introduction
The Royal College of General Practitioners in its recent published paper has predicted that in the next ten years, the number of patients with one or more long term conditions will increase to 18 million in England alone. Currently this group of patients make up fifty per cent of all GP appointments, sixty four per cent of all outpatient appointments and seventy per cent of all inpatient admissions. The total cost is as much as seventy per cent of the total health and social care expenditure in England.
Between 2001 to 2011, the number of full time GPs in England increased from 28,854 to 35,319. This represents an average annual growth of only two per cent. This current rate of growth in the general practice workforce is not strong enough to meet the predicted increase in demand for general practice services in the future. Thus, the workforce is heading towards a crisis due to the combined effects of the falling numbers of new GP trainees and due to the thirteen per cent of GPs forecast to retire in the next two years (Royal College of General Practitioners, 2013).
The NHS and primary care are constantly under change and reform pressures to find ways to improve access and continuity of care, to reduce duplication in order to reduce the costs and inconvenience associated with accessing and receiving services for patients, and to utilise scarce resources more effectively.
Over the past decade, there have been a number of key health system reforms focusing…
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