GP changes could make ‘all the difference’ to patients

There’s a danger that general practice could simply drain ambulance services of staff

Responding to NHS England’s plans, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It can make all the difference to patients if they have access to the skills of staff like paramedics, physios and physician associates. But it’s far from clear where these extra people will be found.

“There are not currently enough staff nor training places. There’s a danger that general practice could simply drain ambulance services of staff, causing problems in already-stretched services.

“It’s also vital to ensure pay and conditions for staff in general practice are in line with the rest of the NHS.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

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