The results of the 2016 GP Patient Survey show that patients in Bath and North East Somerset have overwhelmingly good experiences when they go to see their GP. Nowhere else in the country scored higher than B&NES for overall patient experience.
However, the demands on GPs are increasing, recruiting new GPs is becoming a challenge and the way primary care is delivered in B&NES is becoming difficult to maintain.
The CCG is working with all 26 practices in B&NES to develop a strategy for primary care which will encourage practices to work more closely together to provide a wider range of services to their local communities, seven days a week.
During July 2016, we visited all five Area Forums in B&NES (Bathavon, Bath City, Keynsham, Somer Valley and Chew Valley) to hear their ideas. You can read what they said in our engagement report (see above right).
We plan to announce further consultation in the autumn.