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The Royal College of General Practitioners has written an open letter to the next leader of the Conservative Party, calling on them to safeguard the NHS and avoid a 'no deal' Brexit in the best interests of patient care.
The letter, written by RCGP chair Helen Stokes-Lampard, has been sent to all remaining candidates in the leadership race - Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart.
The RCGP also calls on whoever is the next Prime Minister to increase funding for frontline general practice to at least 11 per cent of the NHS budget, and deliver NHS England's Long-Term Plan in full, as well as recruit at least 5,000 additional GPs by 2021 in addition to more members of the wider practice team to work on the frontline of general practice.
Stokes-Lampard said: “This is a transformational time for our country and the health service. General practice is the bedrock of our NHS. It is the first point of contact with the health service and is highly valued by patients.
"But it is also under immense strain. If we are to meet the challenges of the 21st century and put the NHS on a sustainable footing, it is essential that the next government sets out a positive vision for the future of general practice and helps us realise the ambitions set out in NHS England's Long-Term Plan."