About 55 percent of Patients who needed a meeting said they avoided doing one in in last 12 months, up from 42 percent in 2021. More quarter didn’t have made meeting because they found it’s too hard up from 11 percent in 2021.
Professor Martin Marshall, Chairman of RCGP, said there are now 1500 less qualified, full-time equivalent to GPs than five years ago, leaving staff “working to their limits”.
Numbers show 25.9 million appointments in June, down from 27.6 million consultations in May, up from 24.7 million in one month before first quarantine.
Numbers show more over 44 percent were scheduled on the same day.
The situation could get worse
Dr. Marshall said, “Working at this intensity is unsustainable and unsafe.” for both patients and staff.
“The exhausted general practitioner is unable to practice safe or provide high quality care and services in which they are trained and want deliver for Patients. it leading general practitioners and other members of our teams burning out and forced to assess their future by working in general practice, in some cases leave profession ahead of schedule and in others cut contract work hours to do work more stable.
“However, I work part-time” in general practice often means working on what would normally be considered full- time or longer – and will probably include many hours of paperwork on Top of patient meetings.”
He said it’s “sad realitywas that the situation was likely to get worse, with surveys suggesting nearly 19,000 GPs could leave profession within five years.
RCGP is calling for increase in financing for GP and downsizing in bureaucracy.
Data published by NHS Digital on Thursday, also shows what total amount of qualified permanent general practitioners in England fell from 27,912 in June 2017 to 26,859 in June 2022 – a drop of 4 percent.
All figures are based on number of fullposts equivalent to time in general practice staff and does not include interns or locum tenens.
Numbers show The NHS is getting more dependent on doctors over Age of 60 like a number of those in their 50 years are like rising numbers seek early retirement.
While the number of GPs aged 50 to 59 decreased from 30 to 28 percent, the number of persons aged 60 and over increased from 8 to 10%.
Department of A health and welfare spokesman said: “Increasing the number of our general practitioners is essential to the health of the nation, which is why we are focused on attract and retain those who work in general practice – and saw about 1500 more full doctors equivalent time in general practice in June 2022 compared to June 2019.
“There is record numbers of GPS in training and we have increased the number of funded medical schools by 25 percent over three years up until 2020 and we will begin to see first wave of these students are included foundation learning from it year”.