Selous Asks About Pension Penalties Causing GPs To Leave the Profession

Andrew Selous Conservative, South West Bedfordshire
“Our GPs are a very special group of public servants, and it is good news that we have recruited them in record numbers over the last two years. Will the Prime Minister do everything she can to make sure that we look after their job satisfaction, and specifically to help them with the pensions penalty that some of them face in their mid-50s, which is driving some of them out of the profession?”

Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party
“I thank my hon. Friend for his comments about GPs. They are indeed a vital part of our NHS—they are the bedrock of our NHS—and that is why, as I indicated earlier in response to the Leader of the Opposition, I think it is so important that the long-term plan includes extra investment in primary and community care. The new, historic five-year contract for general practice announced in January was developed in partnership with the BMA, and it will provide greater certainty for GPs to plan ahead.

Another way in which we can help GPs is by providing funding, which we will see, towards up to 20,000 extra staff in GP practices, helping to free up doctors to spend more time with the patients who need them. As my hon. Friend has indicated, we are committed to recruiting more GPs—an extra 5,000—as soon as possible, and to ensuring that they can maintain their careers and continue to provide services to their patients as they do, day in and day out.”

(Citation: HC Deb, 8 May 2019, c556)

Diabetes - Extra Funding

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has recently secured approximately £0.5million additional funds for improving diabetes healthcare for the second year running, following a successful bid to NHS England (NHSE).

The NHSE Diabetes Transformational Funds will allow the CCG to fully implement three improvement programmes developed in Bedfordshire in the past year to benefit the health of people who have diabetes, which cover:

Structured education for diabetes patients to help them look after themselves
Specialist foot care team to reduce amputations due to poorly managed diabetes
Treatment targets so that more patients with type 2 diabetes have blood sugar tests, blood pressure checks and help to reduce their cholesterol level.
In Bedfordshire, almost 30,000 people - 8% of the adult population, are known to have diabetes (slightly below national incidence of 8.7%), but with cases on the increase, this figure is set to rise.

Local doctors speak out in support of Bowel Cancer Awareness

In Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, last month, doctors urged people in Luton and Bedfordshire not to let fear or embarrassment stop them from seeking help.

Throughout April the symptoms and early signs of bowel cancer, along with the importance of early diagnosis, were highlighted in a national campaign.

“Unfortunately, this disease involves two things that people don’t like talking about – cancer and poo,” says Dr Saheli Chaudhury, GP and cancer lead for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

“They are frightened by cancer and embarrassed at having to talk about going to the toilet. But delaying seeing a doctor because of fear or embarrassment can seriously affect the chances of early detection and the disease being treated successfully. Sadly, this can and does cost people their lives.”

The main symptoms of bowel cancer include blood in your poo; a change in your bowel habits, such as going to the toilet more or less frequently; pain, discomfort or bloating in the lower stomach; and sudden unexplained weight loss. Having one or more of these symptoms does not always indicate cancer as they can also be caused by a number of other illnesses, but you do need to talk to your doctor.