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Developing GP services for the Future

Help us by offering your thoughts on the challenges facing our GP services and how we might address them.

Find out more by reading our short paper 'Developing GP Services: engaging and listening'. This programme to engage with and listen to a wide range of opinions about GP services and how these services need to change has been developed through our Primary Care Steering Group which brings together representatives of all of the GP, Dental, Pharmacy and Optometric Contractors and Clinical, Managerial and Planning Leads from Partnerships and across the NHS Board area.

Why do we need to engage on the future of GP services?

Everyone having access to a family doctor (GP) is one of the great strengths of the NHS. But the service is under severe strain as demand for GP services is rising and the number of people choosing to become a GP is not enough to keep pace. As well as looking at how we work within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde there are discussions about a new contract for the whole of Scotland and this engagement will help us to influence that national contract.

Why do we have these pressures?

There are lots of factors that contribute to the pressures. We have a growing proportion of older people in our communities with increased chronic disease and health issues. At times some patients go to their GPs with problems which could be dealt with better elsewhere. The open access nature of our GP services is an important strength but it means that GPs are a contact point for a wide range of patient needs.

Who should get involved?

We are aiming to engage directly with GPs and their staff in this exercise but we also want to hear from a wide range of stakeholders about these issues and we would welcome feedback until 5.00pm on Friday 15 January 2016.  Please click the box below that links into the section that best describes your role. This will take you directly to the questionnaires. These should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.