London Calling for GPs – report launch

27 February 2015

Around 16,000 more GPs will be needed nationally than are currently available by 2021.

Almost 16 per cent of London GPs are over 60 years old, so if large numbers of GPs take early retirement, London could be desperately short of doctors.

In order to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing population, London needs to attract new talent to the GP profession and retain the GPs it already has. While some GP surgeries are embracing technology and new ways of working to improve patient access, others are hindered by financial constraints and other challenges, adding further pressure to GPs. Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the London Assembly Health Committee, will launch the report: ‘Access to GP Care’ on Tuesday, 3 March, where he will discuss the issue of low GP morale, retention and access. He will be joined by Dr Ross Dyer-Smith, Deputy Medical Director of the Hurley Group and Kathleen Herron, a patient representative – all will be available for interviews. Location: Docklands Medical Centre, 100 Spindrift Avenue, London, E14 9WU Date and Time: Tuesday 3 March, 9:30-10:30am Closest tube: Mudchute DLR Media are invited to attend. Notes for Editors:

Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

Location map of Docklands Medical Centre.

London Assembly Health Committee.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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