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General practitioners vote on changing opening hours to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to reduce the “burden”.

A motion by the Avon Local Medical Committee to change GPs’ working hours to 9am to 5pm to ease the burden is set to come to a vote amid claims that “urgent action is needed”.

The general practitioners should vote on working days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
The general practitioners should vote on working days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

A move to ease the burden on GPs with a 9am-5pm day is said to be voted on by doctors, with some claiming “urgent action is needed”.

The Avon Local Medical Committee (LMC) is set to make a motion that would see GPs’ days cut by two and a half hours, with typical practices now running from 8am to 6.30pm.

“Urgent action is needed to address the imbalance between the workload of doctors and their staff,” the motion said.

The demand for a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job is part of the desire for “credibly agreed workload measures”.

The motion requires that GP executives “further develop, publish and strongly endorse finalized plans to introduce safe workload limits for general practitioners that do not constitute a breach of contract.”







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GPs are also concerned about the level of abuse they are dealing with and will discuss calls for GMS regulations to be amended to allow for the immediate removal of patients from the practice list “for any form of abuse”.

Evidence follows that the vast majority of GPs have experienced an increase in abuse over the past year, reports GPonline.com.

The motion from Avon LMC, which represents GPs in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, will be heard at the UK Local Medical Committees Annual Conference, which is taking place in York on 10-11 May.

There have been complaints from the public about the difficulty for patients to visit their preferred doctors in practices.

And many GPs now work part-time — nearly six in 10 work a three-day week — according to a study, the reported Daily Mail.

At the same time, a GMC survey released last year found that more than half of GPs struggled with unmanageable workloads and a third felt at risk of burnout.

In addition, a GPonline survey found that practices had 84% more face-to-face patient appointments each day than the BMA considered safe.

However, many people complain that there are not enough personal appointments.

Before the Covid pandemic, eight out of ten appointments in the UK were in person, but those numbers have fallen significantly to less than half

And now only 61% of consultations are physical.

If GPs had voted for the new 9am-5pm working hours, it would still have to be accepted by the NHS to get approval.

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