Pressure continues to mount as GP practices face ‘rapidly rising demand’, warns BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA. 

Location: England
Published: Thursday 24 September 2020
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Responding to the latest set of weekly NHS GP appointment statistics1, which shows a significant rise in the number of face-to-face and total appointments, BMA GP committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey said:

“As these figures clearly show, GP practices are coming under significant pressure with rapidly rising demand, concerns related to Covid-19 adding to the expected rise in activity as we move into autumn, and with schools returning.

“Of course, this year is like no other as we do all that we can to meet the challenges of the pandemic. Huge numbers of patients have been contacting practices worried that they cannot get tested for possible Covid-19.  In addition, practices have also faced the need to respond to the significant impact of the huge backlog of care for those whose procedures have been postponed.

“Practice workload will only increase as we head into the winter months with a second wave on the horizon.

“NHSEI and the Government must recognise that the pressure is continuing to mount on practices across the country. As such, they must be supported in these exceptionally challenging circumstances to ensure that we can keep up with the growing needs of our patients.”


Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

  1. NHS Digital weekly appointments in general practice statistics.  

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