The NHS has reported that it is going to recruit 20,000 staff by 2024 in order to relieve the pressure on General Practitioners to deal with some of the 300 million bookings that are made each year.
The announcement was made as part of a five year contract that has been made with the British Medical Association and according to the Royal College of GPs, there is currently a shortage of around 6,000 General Practitioners in the UK.
The new staff will include physiotherapists, pharmacists and paramedics who will work alongside GPs to provide ‘continuing care to patients in the community’.
The NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, said that the new recruits will give ‘patients more convenient services at their local GP surgery’, including pharmacists to provide medication reviews and community service workers who will provide links to services such as mental health.
The move follows a recent publication of NHS Digital figures that raised concerns about shortages of General Practitioners.
As part of the 10-year NHS plan recently published, the recruitment will be funded by an additional £4.5bn, which will be invested into community services by 2023. It will allow GPs to spend more time with their patients, as the current average length of an appointment is only 8 minutes, which GPs say is not long enough to deal with complex patients.
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