GPs Disappearing in England; Measures Required

A health charity, The King's Fund has reported that in England, pregnant women are not cared properly due to less participation of GPs. Also, pregnant women need to be taken care of before, during and after pregnancy by the family doctor, but this has almost disappeared in the last 30 years. And it is feared that in the coming few years, GPs might disappear completely in Britain.

Anna Dixon, Lead Author and Director of Policy at The King's Fund, said, “It is right that those with specialist skills, such as midwives and obstetricians, take the lead role in caring for pregnant women but GPs have a vital role to play in pre-conception and shared antenatal and postnatal care”.

Therefore, to improve upon this lack of involvement of the GPs, it is recommended that they should be paid some extra incentives as an encouragement to take the responsibility. When on one side, the GPs agreed to pay more attention and work more, on the other side, the midwives said that the doctors need to be trained more efficiently.

Also, it is advised that the GPs should be told their roles properly, so that they are identified and can give better results to women and their families at the time of pregnancy.