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Accessing GP appointments- a disaster waiting to happen or hope on the horizon?

Abrams, Ruth and Park, Sophie (2019) Accessing GP appointments- a disaster waiting to happen or hope on the horizon? University College London.

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Abstract

In a recent expose called ‘GPs: Why Can’t I Get an Appointment?’, a Panorama documentary, which aired on BBC1 on Wednesday 8th May, emphasised the current limits of and pressures on the NHS system. The programme featured interviews with overworked GPs and allied healthcare professionals, painting a rather bleak picture. Practices are merging and closing at an ever increasing rate. Patient loads increase as patient lists are subsumed. Patient multi-morbidities have increased the need for chronic conditions to be monitored with regular GP appointments. Yet on average patients wait a minimum of two weeks for a routine appointment. Early retirement and a limited flow of trainees into General Practice also contribute to the strain, making practice sustainability difficult to envisage. Inevitably, pressure and frustration are being felt amongst both patient groups and the primary care workforce.

Item Type: Other
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Abrams, Ruthr.abrams@surrey.ac.uk
Park, Sophie
Date : 16 May 2019
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 05 May 2020 15:15
Last Modified : 05 May 2020 15:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/855454

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