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GPs spend less time with patients

5th May 2011

According to the results of a poll by Pulse, 60% of GPs think they are spending less time with patients today then they did in 2006.

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Six in ten GPs said they had a reduced amount of consultation time with their patients as a result of the increase in their administrative workload.

The poll of 576 GPs revealed that only 8% of doctors thought there had been an improvement in the time spent with patients over the last five years.

The research also showed that 59% of GPs thought their practice was less able to fulfil patients' expectations since 2006.

Over 50% of GPs thought they had less autonomy in their roles over the last five years and around the same amount thought their salaries had decreased.

More than half reported that their working times had become worse and 45% thought the quality of NHS care had decreased.

However, a quarter of GPs thought relationships with patients had improved, while the same amount thought it had become worse.

Dr Tony Grewal, medical director of Londonwide LMCs, said more stress needed to be put on the value of 'continuity of care'.

He said: "Opening hours and cleanliness of waiting rooms are measured, but no one looks at the actual reason we exist – to see and manage patients who are on our registered list with continuity with care. We need to raise awareness of that."

 

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