Patients reassured after survey shock

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A health service group says it is working hard in south Lincolnshire to alleviate pressures at surgeries after a report claimed nine-out-of-ten GPs feel their heavy workload had a negative impact on the quality of patient care.

More than 15,500 UK GPs responded to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey which showed how some practices are “close to breaking point”.

Results showed:

l 94 per cent do not want their practices to open seven days a week.

l eight per cent feel that the standard ten minute consultation is adequate.

l 56 per cent reported working out-of-hours services makes them feel that at times their workload is having a detrimental effect on the care they provide.

l 21 per cent suggesting they could provide extended hours by working in networks with other GPs through shared facilities.

l 67 per cent felt there should be longer consultations for certain groups of patients, including those with long-term conditions.

l 25 per cent believe all patients need more time.

l 93 per cent said their heavy workload has negatively impacted on the quality of patient services.

l 68 per cent said they believe it is better to provide longer consultations of greater quality, even if it means waiting longer to see a GP for a routine appointment.

Fifteen practices make up South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to improve the quality and delivery of services for patients and to reduce health inequalities across the area.

Gary Thompson, chief officerat South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “It is recognised both locally and nationally that GPs, and their practices, have experienced, and continue to experience, high levels of demand on their services.

“We are working with NHS England and local health providers to look at ways in which we can help to alleviate any pressures experienced.

“We would like to assure our patients that South Lincolnshire CCG remains committed to providing the highest quality, safe care for all or our patients.”

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