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Put practices centre stage, politicians told

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NewsThe crisis in the NHS and in general practice must take centre stage in the general election campaign announced yesterday, senior doctors have said.

The election on 8 June is expected to centre on Brexit – although Labour sought yesterday to identify the NHS as a key issue.

The British Medical Association said the NHS should not be “pushed to the margins.”

Chair Dr Mark Porter said: “Consecutive governments have been in denial about the state of the NHS and when it comes to elections have chosen to use it as a political football. Our health and social care systems can no longer cope without urgent action.

“We call on politicians of all parties not to duck this crisis any longer, and instead to outline credible and sustainable plans that will safeguard the future of the fully funded and supported NHS that staff want and patients deserve.”

And Royal College of GPs chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard called for patient care to be “at the forefront” of debate.

She said: “Once the new government is formed, we will continue to press for the urgent delivery of all the pledges made in NHS England’s GP Forward View – and for equivalent investment in GP services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“The GP Forward View has support from across the political spectrum and promises an extra £2.4bn extra a year for general practice in England, plus 5,000 more GPs and 5,000 more members of the practice team by 2020.

“If delivered in full, it could be the lifeline that general practice in England needs to ensure we can continue to deliver quality care to our patients for years to come.”

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