Summit to look at future of primary care in Leicester

Published on 24 August 2016

LEICESTER’S Deputy City Mayor Cllr Rory Palmer is calling on health professionals and patients to come together to help shape local plans for primary care and GP services.
 
Cllr Palmer, who chairs the city’s Health & Wellbeing Board and has responsibility for health integration and wellbeing at Leicester City Council, has organised a summit to discuss primary care – healthcare provided in the community. The event will take place at the council's City Hall offices on Friday September 9.
 
Doctors, pharmacists,  NHS England, the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG),  patients groups, Healthwatch and city and county councillors will all take part.
 
A series of smaller, specific events for patients and GPs have been held in June, July and August to set the scene for September’s discussions, and to help ensure that everyone who wants to contribute to the discussion can do so.
 
Cllr Palmer said: “In Leicester, as in other parts of the country, primary care is facing a number of significant challenges. This is of concern to patients, doctors and those working in the health service and all those who care about the future of our NHS.
 
“In many ways primary care is facing a crisis and this perfect storm of recruitment challenges and worry about the future of local practices needs to be addressed.
 
“People are concerned about how we recruit and retain more doctors, how practices are supported and how it is ensured primary care plays its vital role in the wider health service.”
 
“This summit will bring together all those who want to contribute to developing a sustainable and ambitious plan for the future of primary care in Leicester.
 
“It is vital that everyone with a view about the future can be in the same room at the same time and develop a genuinely shared vision for primary care and a credible plan for the future.”
 
Cllr Palmer said the summit would lead to the development of a clear set of recommendations for the future of primary care in Leicester, and would also set out the demands the city would be making of central Government.
 
He said: “This is not just a crisis in Leicester but a crisis nationally and Government ministers need to understand the challenges facing local primary care systems, the pressures facing doctors and the concerns of patients.
 
“The summit will set out a series of recommendations for the future of primary care at a national level.”
 
Places are still available at the summit. Further details and booking information are at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leicester-primary-care-summit-tickets-25990143218