With demand increasing, GPs spend less than five minutes with some patients

Ten million GP appointments in England were made in ten minutes or less – with 4.6 million lasting between one and five minutes, according to new NHS data

Some doctors only spend five minutes with their patients, according to new NHS data
Some doctors spend as little as five minutes with their patients, new NHS data reveals (stock photo)

GPS spend less than five minutes with many patients, according to new appointment duration data.

That NHS has shown for the first time how long patients have to talk to their family doctor about their symptoms when there is a record increase in demand.

Ten million appointments were completed in ten minutes or less, up from 27 million in England in March.

Of those 4.6 million, it was logged as taking between one and five minutes to process.

However, there are doubts as to how quickly appointments on GPs’ computers are “checked out” to the experimental data – so the actual time spent with patients may be even less.

New survey shows four in five GPs are stressed, anxious or depressed amid huge NHS patient backlogs.







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The number of fully qualified GPs has fallen despite repeated Tory promises to add thousands to their numbers.

Experienced doctors are leaving, and those who remain have more and more appointments to schedule and less time to talk to each patient.

dr Kieran Sharrock, Chair of the GP Committee at the British Medical Association, said: “In the last month appointments in England have increased by 4 million while the number of GPs has continued to fall.

“This is completely untenable for practices, general practitioners and patients.

“Compared to that time a year ago, England have the equivalent of 369 fewer full-time GPs – having lost 30 in the last month alone. This means that every day there is one less doctor available for patients.

“In addition, we have lost almost 1,600 fully qualified full-time equivalent GPs since 2015.

“This trend of demand exploding while we’re haemorrhage doctors is pushing the remaining staff to the breaking point as they take on more and more each day, to a point that’s safe for them and certainly not safe for patients.”

In 2015, the Tories pledged 5,000 new GPs by 2020.

Then, in November 2019, the Tories promised another election manifesto, this time to increase GP numbers by 6,000 by 2024.

A shocking survey of 1,400 UK GPs has found that 24% say they know a colleague who took their own life due to work pressure.

The action group rebuild family doctor’s practice warned of a “worker shortage” with burnout among family doctors.

The survey found that 51% of GPs report that staff have left their practice in the last five years because of “unmanageable workloads”. Around 48% stated that colleagues left the profession due to mental health problems or burnout.

A total of 84% said they had felt anxiety, stress or depression in the past year.

dr Rachel Ward, of the Rebuild General Practice campaign, said: “This is a crisis for GPs and an emergency for patients.

“Years of underfunding and neglect have severely damaged GPs, leaving us with sparse staff across the UK and no plan to fill the gaps while patient appointments are at an all-time high.

“As GPs we are trying to find solutions and we are crying out for help – for our patients but also as people just trying to provide excellent care and care about our communities.”

The campaign group is calling on the government to do more to attract and retain general practitioners.

Ruth Rankine, Head of Primary Care at the NHS Confederation, said: “This data shows that primary care teams remain working flat out to meet increasing and more complex demand. pandemic activity levels.

“Of these, a clear majority of patients – 63% – were seen in person or at home, a further monthly increase and 44% of appointments were on the day of booking.”

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