GP's start week-long protest for lighter workload
On Monday, general practitioners kicked off a nationwide week of action to protest against the many extra tasks they have to deal with. They’ll close the week on Friday with a demonstration on the Malieveld in The Hague.
From Monday, the GPs will show videos in their waiting rooms and hang posters around the country to draw attention to the pressure on GP care. Patients will also receive this message on practice wristbands. The GPs will also ask their patients to sign a letter to Minister Ernst Kuipers of Public Health to address the situation.
The National Association of General Practitioners (LHV) expects many thousands of GPs, doctor’s assistants, and practice nurses to protest on the Malieveld on Friday. The interest group has warned for some time that GP care has reached the limit of what it can handle. They want concrete agreements to be made in the healthcare agreements so that changes will actually happen in the coming years. Previous agreements offered no solace, they said.
GPs have been given many extra tasks in recent years, and the coronavirus pandemic only exacerbated that. Due to waiting lists at hospitals and mental healthcare, patients end up at their GP’s office with more complicated problems than the doctor has the tools to handle. The government and health insurers also added all kinds of extra administrative tasks to their plate.
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Reporting by ANP