Responding to the GP Patient Survey 20181, which shows eight in ten patients feel positive about their experience with their GP, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee England chair, said:
“These results show that the overwhelming majority of the public are happy with the care they receive from their GP and the healthcare professionals at their local surgeries. They are further testament to the hard work of dedicated family doctors and their teams who continue to provide an excellent standard of care despite the huge and growing pressures they face.
“That trust and confidence in GPs remain high is down to the strong direct relationship between doctors and their patients, built up over many years of commitment, working in both smaller and larger practices but crucially always embedded in the local community.
“However, the survey also shows that patients are having to wait longer for appointments and are often unable to see their preferred doctor, and this causes understandable frustration for both patients and GPs alike.
“Practices do not have the resources to meet the ever increasing demands of a growing population and despite how much the public values general practice, and the high standards of personalised, holistic care provided, without an urgent investment and action from the government and policymakers, the future of the GP practice remains at risk.”
Notes to editors
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- For full results see the GP Patient Survey website.