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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1. Our data on pressure in the NHS during summer 2018
2. Our projections for pressures on the NHS this winter
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.
Experiences of rationing
57% of respondents had encountered rationing of NHS services.
Advanced care practitioners
66% of doctors were not sure where accountability for actions taken by employed advanced care practitioners lies.
61% of respondents thought that social prescribing should be increased in the NHS.
This quarter, 45% of respondents again described their morale as being low or very low.
Consistent with all previous editions of the survey, GPs remain the most likely to report working outside their regular hours "very often".