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Chippenham and Melksham MP signs up for GP visit
10:43am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
Chippenham and Melksham MP Duncan Hames is to visit a GP for the day as part of the British Medical Association’s GP practice visit scheme.
Since June 2013 the BMA has invited MPs to come and see firsthand the day-to-day workings of a GP practice and understand the pressures GPs face. Mr Hames is one of 100 to accept the invitation.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA’s GP committee, said: “The future of general practice is a subject of intense debate as it faces a series of unique pressures that are placing many GP services under strain.
"Patient demand continues to rise from an ageing society and a patient population whose health needs are becoming more complex. GPs are working harder than ever before to meet these challenges.
“More than 340 million patient consultations are now estimated to be undertaken annually by GPs, up 40 million since 2008.
“It is vital that politicians get a real understanding, not just of the pressures that many practices are facing, but how greater support from government would help general practice deliver even better care to patients.”
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