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wales flag577x362September 17 2014

Around 800,000 patients in Wales will soon have difficulty making a convenient appointment to see their GP, the Royal College of General Practice is warning.

Last year more than 650,000 people found it difficult to get a GP appointment. With “surgeries buckling under the strain of rising workloads and falling resources,” this figure will rise to an estimated 800,000 by 2017, says the RCGP.

The new figures “confirm the dire impact of the falling level of investment in general practice.” Family doctors and practice nurses now conduct 90% of patient contacts for just 7.77% of the NHS budget in Wales – down from 8.76% in 2005-06.

RCGP Wales Chair Paul Myres commented: “Patients shouldn’t face a battle to get an appointment at their local GP surgery, and practices are trying their utmost to cope with the demand.

“But GPs across Wales are telling us they don’t have the resources to cope with the increasing number of older people who need complex care, whilst also meeting the needs of families and people of working age.”

There is also concern about a deficit in GP numbers.

“In North Wales- where both retention and recruitment are major issues- we face serious problems. 23% of our GPs (in Wales) are over 55 years old. In Cwm Taf it is as high as 31%. When these doctors retire we have no-one to replace them. Who is going to care for our population?” said Dr Myres.

“GPs are dealing with this issue every day, and we have to listen when so many are telling us that we have reached crisis point. Many GPs are choosing early retirement due to the pressures and lack of resources, many are choosing to work in other countries.

“The profession has been brought to its knees both by a chronic slump in investment and the fact that there are now simply not enough family doctors to go around.

“If the Government really wants to give general practice the tools to provide high-quality care they must increase funding for the sector to 11% of the NHS budget by 2017 and take radical steps to recruit more family doctors and practice nurses.”

The calls for better investment in general practice have been made as part of the RCGP and National Association for Patient Participation campaign, ‘Put patients first: back general practice’. This is calling on the Government and decision makers to ensure that 11% of the NHS budget is invested in general practice by 2017.

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