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Why is General Practice facing a crisis?
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You will have heard a lot recently on television and in the press about the ‘crisis’ in General Practice. How has this situation come about? We have tried to summarise the main points, as we see them, in a few bullet points
Across the country almost 11% of patients are unable to get an appointment within two weeks. In the NPMC we are currently short of 22 GP sessions, and 10 in our planning for Willen.
We are doing what we can to improve things, but we would like you to appreciate the reasons behind this situation.
Doctor workload has increased by 20% over the past seven years and is still rising. The average person sees the doctor six times a year –twice as often as a decade ago. Yet in spite of this rising workload, the budget for general practice is decreasing.
Our surgery only gets £75.77 funding for each patient’s care for the whole year, and once a patient has visited us twice during a year, that funding has been exhausted.
Doctors are often carrying out over sixty patient consultations a day (plus paperwork and home visits to frail elderly and terminally ill patients - in NPMC these amounted to more than 1100 last year).
A recent survey found that 6 out of 10 GPs are considering early retirement. Many doctors are leaving the NHS; medical students and doctors in training don’t want to become GPs. In NPMC, we have lost two doctors recently, and are struggling to recruit.
In spite of all this, we believe that the NHS remains one of the best health care systems in the world. In NPMC, our GPs had over 36,000 consultations last year, and the total number of consultations provided by all our staff exceeded 63,000.
We are doing what we can to overcome the crisis, but we need our patients’ support at this very difficult time.
Why is General Practice in crisis?