GPs are at the heart of people’s care, coordinating other clinicians and healthcare providers, as well as providing care directly to patients. We already have very good primary care in Devon but these services are under pressure. We want to ensure we continue to have high quality and sustainable primary care services, and which are integrated with social, voluntary, mental health, community and acute care across Devon.
GP practices are facing a number of immediate challenges that need to be addressed in order to be fit for the future. The GP workforce is ageing and recruitment and retention of GPs is proving challenging. These workforce sustainability issues are further heightened when faced with the possibility of 7-day working. Many GP practices are located in expensive buildings that cost a lot to maintain and there is a need to invest in information technology.