Comment on NHS England letter about face to face GP appointments - 17 September 2020

We have issued the following comment from Dr Michelle Drage, CEO, Londonwide LMCs, in response to NHS England's letter to GPs about the provision of face to face appointments during the Coronavirus pandemic: "London’s GPs and practice teams are dismayed at the media coverage on Sunday and Monday this week referencing...

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Comment on Coronavirus testing of primary care staff - 17 September 2020

We have issued the following comment from Dr Michelle Drage, CEO, Londonwide LMCs, in response to problems with primary care staff accessing Coronavirus testing: “With demand for GP services growing even as hospitals are further limiting access to specialisms and A&E, it is even more critical that primary care staff...

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Comment on digital first and APMS - 17 September 2020

We were approached by Pulse for a comment on proposals for creating new APMS contracts in 'under-doctored areas'. Londonwide LMCs’ comment on digital first and APMS contracts in general “Based on our experience in London, we are concerned that APMS contracts are notoriously unstable and poor vehicles for the provision of...

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Comment on the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan - 06 February 2019

We approached GP Online with a comment on the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan. Dr Michelle Drage said: "The Government's decision to prioritise investment in general practice is an important step towards easing the pressures created by decades of under-funding. If the NHS is to be sustainable it...

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Comment on the GMC's State of Medical Education and Practice report - 06 February 2019

We were approached by GP Online to provide a quote regarding GMC’s State of Medical Education and Practice report. Dr Michelle Drage said: “General practice has a workforce crisis right now, regulators can help address it by improving their processes so doctors are not subject to unnecessarily long investigations.  "The...

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Comment on South London MP's call for improved support to register more young renters with GPs. - 06 February 2019

GP Online approached us for a response to comments by Rt Hon Justine Greening, MP for Putney, that not enough was being doing to encourage her younger constituents to register with a GP. Dr Michelle Drage said: “London has a highly mobile and transient population, with GP practices serving areas...

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Comment on NHS England medical director questioning viability of small practices - 06 February 2019

Date: 2 August 2018 Pulse approached us for a comment on the online remarks of an NHS England medical director who said small GP practices may not be viable businesses. Dr Michelle Drage said: “This is an unfortunate statement, which I hope that when reflected upon will not further undermine...

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Comment on Donald Trump's remarks about the NHS - 06 February 2019

Date: 13 July 2018 The Evening Standard approached us for a comment on Donald Trump’s remarks that NHS hospitals have ‘blood on the walls’ Dr Michelle Drage said: “Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. He has no concept of what our hospitals do on a day-to-day basis. He is making...

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Dr Michelle Drage interviewed by Sky News regarding Government's £20bn NHS announcement - 06 February 2019

Date: 18 June 2018 Dr Michelle Drage, Londonwide LMCs’ Chief Executive, appeared on Sky News on 18 June 2018 to discuss the £20bn of extra funding announced for the NHS. Michelle explained that previous additional funding has failed to reach the frontline of general practice and expressed concerns about whether...

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Press release - Beam to LMC app launched - 06 February 2019

Date: 2 May 2018 Our Beam to LMC app was launched at our annual conference on 2 May 2018. Dr Michelle Drage, Chief Executive of Londonwide LMCs said: 'To do our job of representing GPs and practices we need to know where the pressure on them is coming from and...

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Blog - GPs are going above and beyond putting the system at breaking point. - 06 February 2019

Dr Michelle Drage wrote a blog for the Huffington Post. Link to publication - GPs are going above and beyond putting the system at breaking point.

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Comment on cuts to public health funding - 05 February 2019

We approached Pulse with a comment on cuts to public health funding. Dr Michelle Drage said: “Cuts to public health funding, sexual health services, smoking cessation and community nursing have seen general practice asked to take up the strain with no extra resources. “One practice I know of even had...

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