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Quarterly survey Q2 2019

Key findings include:

  • More than nine in 10 respondents think the NHS to be in a state of year-round crisis.
  • More than 40% of hospital doctors say that there are fewer beds available in the service in which they work, compared to one year ago.
  • Half of all respondents were positive about the impact of PCNs (primary care networks) upon integration of primary care and the wider system, but were more muted on other potential benefits.
  • Over half of GPs said that an ambulance had been delayed in reaching their practice very regularly or often, when called out during an emergency.
  • There remains little confidence in NHS 111 among doctors, with over two-thirds saying it is ineffective at directing patients to the right services.

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  • NHS pressures

    More than nine in 10 respondents think the NHS is in a state of year-round crisis. Respondents were most likely to say patient safety has been compromised by competing pressures of insufficient funding, rising patient demand and a lack of doctors.

  • Social prescribing

    59% of GP respondents have access to social prescribing schemes, and 26% report they have often used social prescribing in their practice.

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  • PCNs (primary care networks)

    Half of all respondents were positive about the impact of PCNs upon integration of primary care and the wider system, but were more muted on other potential benefits.

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  • NHS 111

    There remains little confidence in NHS 111 among doctors, with over two-thirds saying it is ineffective at directing patients to the right services.

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  • Current morale

    This quarter, 41% of respondents described their morale as being low or very low.20190578 Quarterly tracker survey

  • Current workload

    Consistent with all previous editions of the survey, GPs remain the most likely to report working outside their regular hours "very often".

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