More than nine out of 10 GPs feel their heavy workload has had a negative impact on the quality of patient care.
This was the key finding from a British Medical Association (BMA) survey to which more than 15,500 UK GPs responded, and shows how practices are ‘close to breaking point’.
Selected survey results:
• 94% do not want their practices to open seven days a week.
• 8% feel that the standard ten minute consultation is adequate.
• 56% reported working out-of-hours services makes them feel that at times their workload is having a detrimental effect on the care they provide.
• 21% suggesting they could provide extended hours by working in networks with other GPs through shared facilities.
• 67% felt there should be longer consultations for certain groups of patients, including those with long-term conditions.
• 25% believe all patients need more time.
• 93% said their heavy workload has negatively impacted on the quality of patient services.
• 68% said they believe it is better to provide longer consultations of greater quality, even if it means waiting longer to see a GP for a routine appointment.