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Quarterly survey Q3 2018

Key findings include:

  • Almost two thirds (65%) of respondents thought this summer was busier/more pressurised than the previous summer, with the most commons reasons cited being inadequate NHS resourcing, including long-term staffing issues, bed shortages, and short-term staffing issues.
  • 44% of doctors told us services where they work are under-prepared for the coming winter season, a 4% increase on the same time last year.
  • More than half respondents (57%) have encountered rationing of NHS services to patients, with 52% witnessing a tightening of eligibility criteria for treatment that 67% didn’t consider clinically justified. 93% said this had a negative impact on patient wellbeing.
  • Doctors who had experience with social prescribing have generally positive views on its uses, with 75% thinking that it would have a positive impact on patient care and 83% thinking it would have a positive impact on patient experience.

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Also see:

1. Our data on pressure in the NHS during summer 2018

2. Our projections for pressures on the NHS this winter

  • Seasonal readiness

    While 65% of respondents thought that this summer was busier than before, 44% of respondents thought that the service where they work was under-prepared for winter.

     

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  • Experiences of rationing

    57% of respondents had encountered rationing of NHS services.

     

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  • Advanced care practitioners

    66% of doctors were not sure where accountability for actions taken by employed advanced care practitioners lies.

     

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  • Social prescribing

    61% of respondents thought that social prescribing should be increased in the NHS.

     

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  • Current morale

    This quarter, 45% of respondents again described their morale as being low or very low.

     

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  • 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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