GP appointment data shows practices 'starting to crack'
The latest data from NHS Digital shows that GP practices in England carried out 31.5 million recorded patient appointments in April – including 7.5 million vaccination appointments.
BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said:
“The data is a stark indication that this is not only an unsustainable way of working, but also that practices – often understaffed and woefully under-resourced – are starting to crack as a result.”
Main coverageFriday 18 June
It’s testament to general practice that in April, the majority of appointments were done the same day as booking. The number of consultations taking place after a two-to-seven day wait is going up, which is a sign that practices are responding appropriately to the needs of their patients who want to wait for a specific timed appointment, often face-to-face. However, it’s also a sign that other practices are struggling to meet same day requests, and illustrates the serious toll that increased patient demand is having on surgeries across the country, and how much harder it is for GPs to give patients the timely care they need.Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair
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