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doctor blood test resultNovember 25 2015

Almost nine out of ten doctors (88%) have said they worry about missing something serious with a patient because of their workload. Nearly three out of ten (29%) agreed that they have had to seek support, guidance or advice for work-related stress over the last two years.

 

The online survey of 504 GPs also found that:

  • 31% of GPs said they think it is unlikely their current surgery will still be open in 10 years’ time
  • 98% disagreed that general practice has sufficient resources to deliver safe patient care seven days a week
  • 99% said their workload has increased over the last five years
  • 94% said that fatigue has increased over the last five years
  • 97% said that morale has decreased over the last five years
  • 91% thought general practice does not even have enough resources to deliver safe patient care within the existing service.

The survey was conducted at the end of October by ComRes for the RCGP. A telephone poll of 1,002 patients, 80% of whom had had an appointment with their GP in the past two years, found that:

  • 31% of patients reported that, when they last tried to book an appointment with their GP, they were not able to book an appointment within a week
  • 66% of patients said that GPs conducting between 40-60 consultations a day is a threat to the standard of care they can provide for their patients
  • 48% of patients thought that waiting times to get an appointment will get longer
  • 43% of patients were concerned about the impact of current waiting times for an appointment to see their GP on their health
  • 56% of patients thought that some health service funding should be moved into general practice from other areas.

The RCGP announced the survey findings ahead of the Spending Review statement by the Chancellor. An increase in investment “would pay for the implementation of the recommendations of the Primary Care Workforce Commission report, led by Professor Martin Roland, published earlier this year by Health Education England,” it said.

“The College calculates that implementing the Commission’s recommendations in England would cost an additional £1.66bn in general practice annually by 2019/20, together with a further £709m for community nursing services.”

It pointed out that Independent research produced for the RCGP by Deloitte has indicated that increased spending on general practice across the UK could lead to short term savings of up to £447m annually, comprising:

  • £133.9m per year, through diverting up to 1.7 million patients away from A&E
  • £143.3m per year, through reducing the number of unnecessary ambulance call-outs
  • £170.1m per year, through reducing the length of hospital stays for patients aged over 65, by providing greater primary care support at home.

Citing the survey results, RCGP Chair Dr Maureen Baker said that failure to invest in general practice in the Spending Review, would mean “general practice and the whole of the NHS is in danger of disintegrating before the end of the current parliament. It’s as simple as that.”

Dr Baker pointed out that two thirds (66%) of patients say that ministers should focus on improving existing services, rather than delivering seven day access to general practice.

“The results of our polls show that general practice is on a knife-edge, with GPs feeling that there is insufficient resourcing to deliver a five day service, let alone a seven day service, and two thirds of patients feeling that the high number of consultations being carried out by GPs is a threat to the standard of care they can provide to their patients,” she said.

Link:

RCGP statement

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