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a welsh flag imageApril 17 2018

While 90% of patients are satisfied with their GP care in Wales, 21% say it is “very difficult” to make a convenient GP appointment.

The latest Statistical Bulletin, ‘National Survey for Wales, 2016-17: GP services’ says that 77% of people saw their GP in the last year (80% of women, 75% of men). In addition, 33% of Welsh speakers said they had spoken Welsh with staff at the GP surgery, while 65% of people were very satisfied with the care received at their last appointment and 25% were fairly satisfied.

Factors associated with finding it very difficult to make an appointment were found to include:

  • living in an urban area;
  • being employed;
  • being in material deprivation;
  • having a limiting long-term illness;
  • feeling unsafe (at home, in local area and on public transport).

Commenting on the figures for RCGP Wales, Dr Will Mackintosh said: “Long waiting times are a result of the underinvestment and severe workforce pressures that general practice is facing. We have an ageing population and more patients with multiple and complex illnesses, but an increase in workload is not being matched with enough GPs on the ground.”

There are 136 GP training places in Wales, but RCGP Wales believes this needs to be increased to 200 in ensure there is a sustainable workforce.

“This is a long-term solution, but we also need to see more short-term measures such as steps to alleviate unsustainable workload pressures and keep existing GPs in the profession,” said Dr Mackintosh. “GP are doing their best in very challenging circumstances, and we want to deliver the very best care for patients, but if waiting times are going to reduce then we will need action to maintain and increase the workforce.”

Links:
Welsh Government Statistical Bulletin ‘National Survey for Wales, 2016-17: GP services’             
RCGP comment            

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