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Leicester Primary Care Summit to be held at City Hall

Published on Monday, June 13, 2016

A SUMMIT bringing together health professionals, patients and decision-makers to examine the future of primary care in Leicester is due to take place at City Hall.

The event, on Friday, September 9, will include patients, doctors, NHS and Clinical Commissioning Group members to address the issues and challenges facing primary health care.

The summit has been organized and will be chaired by Leicester Deputy City Mayor, Cllr Rory Palmer, who also has responsibility for health integration and wellbeing.

A series of smaller, specific events for patients and GPs will be held in June, July and August to help set the scene for September’s discussions, and to help ensure that everyone who wants to contribute to the discussion on the future of primary care can do so.

Cllr Palmer said: “In Leicester, as in other parts of the country, primary care is facing a number of significant challenges.

“This is of concern to patients, doctors and those working in the health service and all those who care about the future of our NHS.

“In many ways primary care is facing a crisis and this perfect storm of recruitment challenges and worry about the future of local practices needs to be addressed.

“People are concerned about how we recruit and retain more doctors, how practices are supported and how it is ensured primary care plays its vital role in the wider health service.” 

“This summit will bring together all those who want to contribute to developing a sustainable and ambitious plan for the future of primary care in Leicester.

“The discussions will bring together patients, doctors, the Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England, doctors representatives, patients groups, HealthWatch and elected representatives. 

“It is vital that everyone with a view about the future can be in the same room at the same time and develop a genuinely shared vision for primary care and a credible plan for the future.”

Cllr Palmer said the summit would lead to the development of a clear set of recommendations for the future of primary care in Leicester, and would also set out demands of central Government.

He added: “This is not just a crisis in Leicester but a crisis nationally and Government Ministers need to understand the challenges facing local primary care systems, the pressures facing doctors and the concerns of patients.

“The summit will set out a series of recommendations for the future of primary care at a national level.”


Details of the summit events and booking details:

7 July, 6pm-7pm

11 August, 7pm-8pm

GP and health professionals forums

28 June, 7:30pm-8:30pm

9 August, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Primary Care Summit

9 September, 10am-4pm