🚨I’ve spent this morning responding to terrifying testimonials coming in from UK GPs. The crisis they are facing is incredibly serious; not safe for patients, not safe for staff🚨

We are contacting healthcare leaders across the UK and will be approaching trusted journalists...
to lift the lid on what is happening.

This is the next phase of the pandemic’s health emergency.

Much elective care was delayed due to the pandemic; GPs are managing patients who should have seen hospital specialists.
It is a complex issue; but essentially pressure has been building for months and GP services in many areas are struggling to cope. I put a call out to hear from GPs yesterday; many say they’re ‘going under’. Forced to offer 2 minute face-to-face appointments. Terrified...
For their patients. Staff leaving in droves. One GP I spoke to had recently worked ‘a 24 hour day’ to get through the urgent clinical work at her surgery.

We must raise the alarm about what is happening. The government need to run a public health messaging campaign,
provide emergency funding to help with staffing, and consult with GPs to support them through this crisis.

We’re heading for disaster unless immediate action is taken🚨


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