The video above explains changes in accessing GP services that have been implemented across the country to cope with the unprecedented demands for primary healthcare during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Your GP surgeries are working harder than ever to deliver quality healthcare in very challenging circumstances.

Waiting times for routine appointments have increased across the UK, simply due to a lack of capacity, for a number of reasons:

  1. Chronic Underfunding
    Primary care is rightly called the “Bedrock of the NHS” dealing with around 90% of patient contacts for under 10% of the national budget. The UK continues to spend less on health care than many developed countries despite soaring waiting times to see GPs. Some GP surgeries simply can’t cope and are closing their doors permanently in increasing numbers. Almost 800 GP practices have shut over the past eight years alone…

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  2. Recruitment and Retention Crisis
    General Practice was already enduring a recruitment and retention crisis with falling numbers of GPs and nurses and record vacancies before the pandemic even began. Latest figures show a loss of approximately 1800 full time equivalent GPs since 2015…

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  3. Unprecedented demand for appointments
    The NHS is currently experiencing some of the most severe pressures in its 70-year history. GP surgeries across the country are experiencing significant and growing strain with rising demand.

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  4. GP Burnout
    At a time when practices are being shut down at record rates, staff resignations are rising, and over 20% more GPs are presenting with burnout to the NHS Practitioner health service. It is now not uncommon for GPs to report up to 60 clinical encounters per “half day.”

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  5. Negative Media Briefings
    While hardworking GP surgery staff have worked tirelessly to keep services running for their patients, there appears to have been a coordinated effort to denigrate general practice and to shift blame for various political failures during the pandemic.

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