Prof Esmail will give a brief overview of how the current problems being experienced in General Practice have developed. These include the lack of appointments, the lack of continuity of care and the disappearance of many services that used to be provided by GPs. Although the problems seem to be related to the Covid Pandemic, we will hear that they go back much farther. Prof Esmail will argue that the lack of investment in primary care, the growth in numbers of hospital specialists at the expense of generalists in primary care, the increase in bureaucracy caused by enhanced monitoring and a focus on access at the expense of continuity have all contributed to the current crisis.
Aneez Esmail is Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester and a practicing general practitioner at the Robert Darbishire Practice in central Manchester. He will propose some improvements based on his research and experience and discuss innovations that could form the basis of a new compact between patients and general practice.
This lecture will be available to watch live via Zoom. The ticket price is £5 per household.