Plans to free up millions of NHS appointments will be announced today

Health and social care secretary and deputy prime minister Thérèse Coffey will set out a
Plan to help the NHS.

The package of measures, named ‘Our Plan for Patients’ is hoped to improve access to
All patients can receive an appointment in general practice within two weeks.

The plan’s main objective is to free up over one million appointments each year.
These appointments are made more quickly and easily thanks to the general assistance of the staff.

Practices that perform badly will be ‘named and shamed’ for the first time ever in order to
Keep the pressure high and pharmacies will have more power to supply customers.
You can take certain forms of medication without a referral from your GP.


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They will also refer patients to emergency care for minor symptoms or illnesses, such as a
Cough, headache, sore throat. It’s thought that the move could free up to two million GP
One year of appointments

The NHS will accelerate roll-out of cloud-based telephone systems starting in November
to provide more information about their place in the queue and create more phone lines
You can also direct them to the right place for assistance.

Professor Martin Marshall, the Chair of the Royal College of GPs (Chair), has criticised this plan.
said: “It’s a shame that the Health Secretary didn’t talk to the College and to our members
We could have informed her at the frontline
What is truly needed to ensure a GP Service that meets the needs patients and is fit for purpose is
The future.

“Lumbering a struggling service with more expectations, without a plan as to how to deliver
These will only add to the already intense workload and workforce pressures on GPs.
teams are facing, whilst having minimal impact on the care our patients receive.”

He also stated that the goal to ensure everyone is seen within two week is not a priority.
As mentioned, approximately 85% of appointments are completed within two weeks after being booked.
44% of orders are delivered on the same day they are placed.

This morning, she spoke to BBC Breakfast TV and defended herself against any criticisms.
Coffey stated that he would place further targets on GPs who are most in need of his services.

“I think we see some great experiences for patients. I am also aware of the fact that we hear.
Patients often tell me how frustrated they feel that they can’t get an appointment.
from their GP”.

Another area of concern is the quality and working conditions of GPs.
Coffey is likely to make pension tax breaks to help to deter GPS from quitting the NHS,
This is something that has dominated the last few years.

Referring to her drive to see boost staffing levels and see more GPs may return to practice,
Coffey stated,

‘One of the things that we will be doing is removing some of the reasons that
Doctors have stated that they have stopped working and have extended some of the measures.
that we had during covid to bring people back into the NHS’.

As part of the plan, the public will be called upon to take part in a “national endeavour” to
Support the health care and social assistance system. One million volunteers who have stepped up
During the pandemic, the NHS will be asked to help again.
For more volunteering to be included in the NHS or social care, you should push for it.