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Dept. of Health NHS Privatisation and Underfunding means a Poorer Service for Patients

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

general practice.

‘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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