Sajid Javid denies that GPs are “named and shamed” in the schedule.
Health Minister Sajid Javid has defended the government’s decision to publish rankings for general practitioners, but denied that it was “naming and shaming” general practitioners.
GPs that do not have adequate “access” are ranked as part of the £ 250 million plan – giving patients a new right to request face-to-face appointments.
When asked by Sky News if this would mean “naming and shaming” GPs who fail to achieve their goals, Javid said, “We have no plans for that at all … What we’re doing is providing more data and more transparency . “
The Minister of Health added: “It is important that patients have this information because I want to see an improvement in health care across the country.”
The British Medical Association (BMA) said the government was unhelpful with face-to-face appointments, while TV doctor and family doctor Rosemary Leonard Javid accused of “inciting anti-GP rhetoric.”
The government has pledged £ 250 million for a new package of measures to improve access to family doctors. The blueprint states that general practitioners “must respect preferences for personal treatment, unless there are good clinical reasons against it”.
The appointment dates for the family doctor will be published at the practice level by spring so that patients can see how well their surgery is doing compared to others.
Practices that do not offer an “adequate level” of personal care do not have access to the additional funds – although it is not clear how long the personal appointments need to be.
“This whole package today is about support,” Javid told Sky News. “This is about helping GPs so they can do what they do best, which is to see their patients.”
The government will reform who can present medical records and certificates such as fitness grades and DVLA checks – this leaves more time for appointments. Infection control is assessed, which could ease social distancing in operations.
Doctors reacted with dismay to the plan, warning that it would force many general practitioners to “hang up their stethoscopes.”
The British Medical Association (BMA) GP Committee Chairman Dr. Richard Vautrey said, “It is really terrifying that we have a government that is so ignorant of the needs of such a central part of the NHS.”
He added, “It is also disappointing to see that there is no end to the preoccupation with face-to-face appointments – we need a smarter conversation about the variety of appointments and treatments available to patients to meet their needs. “.”
The EveryDoctor campaign group, which represents 1,700 British doctors, said general practitioners were “accused” of lack of access when directed by the government to offer initial consultations by phone or online.
Dr. Julia Grace Patterson, General Manager of EveryDoctor, said: “It is a bit of a shock to GPs last year that the Secretary of Health said vehemently that all appointments should be made by phone.
“And now we are being told the absolute opposite and are actually being held responsible for the number of telephone consultations.”
Official figures show that 58 percent of family doctor appointments in England in August were face-to-face. Before the pandemic, in August 2019, four out of five appointments were carried out in person.
In September, senior GPs said the current record of face-to-face appointments was “about right”. However, a new YouGov poll suggests that two-thirds of people would prefer an in-person appointment.
Meanwhile, Javid said he regretted the loss and suffering that occurred during the Covid pandemic.
His cabinet colleague Steve Barclay came under fire this week for repeatedly refusing to apologize following a hugely critical report by MPs about the government’s delayed response to the outbreak.
“Of course, I’m new to the role, but on behalf of the government I feel sorry for anyone who has suffered during the pandemic, especially anyone who has a loved one, a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a Lost friend. I’m sorry, of course, ”Javid told BBC Breakfast.