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We will be taking action for good GP care from 12.00 on Friday 1 July: the practice will be closed

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From Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July, our practice, together with all other GPs in the Netherlands, is taking action to draw attention to the pressure on GP care.

We do this in the interest of all our patients. We believe that, in the Netherlands, everyone should be able to go to a GP. But that is under pressure. The workload in GP care is high and when we refer patients to the hospital and mental health services, there are often long waiting lists.

We want:

- have more time for our patients;

- less pressure in the evening, night and weekend shifts;

- affordable housing for all GP practices;

- that the waiting lists in hospitals, mental health care and youth care are solved.

 

On Friday afternoon, 1 July, we will go to the Malieveld in The Hague with many GPs and staff members for a manifestation.

Therefore, our practice will be closed on Friday afternoon from 12.00 onwards. For emergencies that really can't wait until Monday, July 4, we can be reached via the Huisartsenposten Rijnmond, location Zuid, FIRST CALL, do NOT go there yourself: 010-2909888.

Would you like to support us in this action? Please check www.huisartseninactie.nl/doe-mee/ how you can do so.

 

 

Explanation of action points:

More time for patient care:

The time for one consultation should be reduced to 15 minutes. Patients are getting older, and often have more defects. GP care has become more complex and extensive. Providing good care is no longer possible in 10 minutes.

Not everything belongs on the doctor's plate; the limits of our profession must be respected. Specialists and others must stop passing on tasks to GPs. This is dangerous for the patient, does not belong to the GP's responsibility and is at the expense of time for providing care to our own patients.

We also want less administrative burden; a system of trust instead of accountability.

 

Shorter waiting times in mental health care, elderly care, youth care and hospitals:

We want the waiting lists to be addressed.

Patients do not receive the care they need in time after being referred by GPs. As a result, they continue to call on GPs. As a result, GPs have less and less time for other patient care. Healthcare providers have to start offering waiting time care to patients who are on the waiting list after referral by the GP.

 

High workload in evening, night and weekend shifts must be reduced:

The shifts are too busy and there are too many of them. GPs can no longer cope with this, besides working during the day in their own practice.

Patients should only use and be admitted to GP surgeries in case of real emergencies.

Only general practitioners with their own practice are responsible for the evening, night and weekend services at the GP Centre.

There must be a different division of responsibility for the services, a different organisation and better integrated cooperation between GP stations, ambulances and Casualty departments.

 

Sufficient and affordable housing for GP practices:

The Minister must force municipalities to create sufficient space for GP accommodation in their plans. Housing for a GP practice is often not included in a new housing estate, as a result of which new residents cannot find a GP. Reimbursement of housing costs should also be adjusted to current standards and the region in which the practice is located (e.g. the costs in Drenthe are different from those in Rotterdam).

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