Doctors and surgery staff in Rugby are urging patients to lobby their MP as general practices are “at breaking point”.
Many GPs in the borough have joined forces with medical professionals in Warwickshire to send an open letter which describes the problems they face on a daily basis because of “insufficient funding”.
Cheryl Herbert, practice manager at Beech Tree Medical Practice, in Drover Close, Rugby, is supporting the country-wide campaign along with resident doctors Dr J Ahluwalia and Dr M D’Mello.
She said: “Patients value general practice highly but it is reaching breaking point.
“Our workload is increasing but our resources are declining and it is putting an enormous burden on the services general practice offers.
“The increased workload has a knock-on effect within the whole of the surgery from the doctors down to the receptionists.”
Cheryl has worked in the NHS for 25 years. She added: “We want to provide high quality care, we want to keep patients healthier for longer, manage their conditions in the community and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, but we cannot do this without the adequate resources.”
Dr Kumar Dabas, who has worked at Albert Street Medical Centre for five years, said the open letter was an attempt to secure better care for patients.
He said: “Everyone is feeling the pressure and sometimes we are unable to meet the demand. I’m sure every practice would say it has experienced this at times.”
He added: “Funding is a key issue and doctors need support so they can provide the best possible care for their patients.”
Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “I fully recognise the important role played by GPs in helping people stay healthy and the additional pressures placed on health services brought about by an ageing population and the increasing number of medical treatments and procedures which are now available.
“The Government is very aware of this and that is why when it came to power it protected NHS funding despite the massive financial challenges facing the country.”
An NHS England spokesperson said: “Changes to the GP contract will significantly free up GPs’ time to provide more proactive, accessible care by removing unnecessarily rigid performance targets.
“We have begun a major programme of work to help transform GP services, including the Prime Minister’s £50 million Challenge Fund.
“This will support GPs in improving access to services in more modern ways, with greater use of telephone, email and video consultations as well as more flexible appointment times.”
People can sign the petition by visiting www.bma.org.uk/working-for-change/your-gp-cares.