On the 22nd June 2015 Baroness Wheeler asked Her Majesty’s Government “what plans they have to increase the number of general practitioners.” The Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Peter Forster, asked a supplementary question about the administrative burden on GPs.
The Lord Bishop of Chester: My Lords, I declare inside information, in that my daughter is a trainee GP. I asked her about these issues last night. In Cheshire and Wirral there are vacant training places with no GP trainees to take them. On asking her why people did not want to go into general practice, she said that it is the growing burden of bureaucracy and administration. What do the Government plan to do about that?
Lord Prior of Brampton: The right reverend Prelate is right. Many GPs are concerned about the level of bureaucracy in their practices. As he probably knows, we have reduced the number of QOF indicators by a third—that is, by 40—from a staggering 120. This is a big concern. NHS England is looking at other ways in which we can reduce the bureaucracy. If the right reverend Prelate’s daughter has any ideas, perhaps she will be kind enough to give me them.