GPs will be forced to turn down 50 million appointment requests
28 July 2014 | By Caroline Price
A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Monday 28 July
The Mirror’s top story this morning warns that over 50 million appointment requests will have to be turned down by GPs
next year, according to a new report by the RCGP.
The College says underinvestment in primary care has led to a crisis where demand outstrips the supply of GP
appointments, and calls for 8,000 more GPs ‘to help deal with the shortfall’.
RCGP honorary treasurer Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard said: ‘The fact that patients in England will be unable to see their GP
when they want to on more than 50 million occasions in 2015 is a truly shocking indictment of the crisis that is enveloping
‘No GP wants to turn away a single patient – but surgeries are being faced with no choice because they don’t have the
resources to cope with the increasing number of older people who need complex care, whilst also meeting the needs of
families and people of working age.’
The Department of Health said seven million people are being offered Skype and email appointments with the GP to ‘combat
the overstretching of services’, according to ITV.
A DH spokesperson said: ‘We know GPs are working under pressure which is why we have cut GPs’ targets to free up time
with patients and are increasing trainees so that GP numbers continue to grow faster than the population.’
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