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Pressure on General Practice Set to Affect Patient Waiting Times

The RCGP has warned that a failure to curb the increasing demands on GP practices will lead to patients facing waits of seven days or longer to see a GP or practice nurse on more than 110m occasions by 2022.

Taking their findings from the GP Patient Survey 2017, the College labelled the results a case of national concern, adding that a failure to improve the situation will constitute a genuine risk to patient safety.

Pointing to statistics showing workload in general practice has increased by more than 15% over the past seven years, the college questioned why investment in the service has declined over the same period.

They also shone a light on the disparity between different areas when it comes to waiting times for appointments. Patients find it most difficult to make a timely GP appointment are Corby, Fareham and Gosport, Swindon and Central London (Westminster), while access to general practice was found to be best in Bradford City.

RCGP Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “GPs and our teams are now making more patient consultations than ever before - over 370m each year - and with workload continuing to escalate… the worrying outcome is that we will be unable to see all our patients who need to be seen.”

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