GP – Heart of the community
At the same time as New Zealand’s population is increasing, the number of GPs has remained static, making it more and more difficult for patients to be seen and for GPs to keep on top of their workload.
To raise awareness of these issues and garner support for existing and future GPs, the College has unveiled a new campaign: GP – Heart of the community.
The campaign aims to attract extra funding to train new GPs and make GP visits more affordable to those most in need. It will help increase understanding of the pressures felt by GPs, provide assistance to those who need it and help patients get the most out of their GP visits.
At the campaign launch event, attended by Minister of Health Dr Jonathan Coleman and health sector representatives, Dr Malloy said 44% of GPs are older and ready to retire in the next 10 years, and we need more GPs overall.