Adapted from @Dr_Kasaraneni
If you are a patient who is struggling to access GP services, here is why:
- We are 50,000 doctors short in the NHS and we have one of the worst ratios of doctors to patients in the OECD Countries.
3. As a result, fewer GPs are having to deal with more patients.
4. Now add in the issue with #GP Premises, as of 2018: – GP premises were on average 35 years old – so, fit for 1980s not 2020s! – Only half of GP practice premises were fit for present needs. – Just over 2 in 10 practices were fit for the future needs.
5. The profession is on it’s knees: 51% of #GPs are currently suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, emotional distress or another mental health condition.
6. In 2005/06 #GeneralPractice received around 9.6% of the NHS budget. By 2017, it fell to 8.1% – that’s a short fall of £1.8 billion which shows the extent of the problem. (Approx. 90% of all NHS encounters occur in General Practice)
7. In addition, the clinical work is now more complex as the population gets older.