People across the country are increasingly dissatisfied with surgery opening hours and the availability of their GPs compared with data from five years ago.
Millions of people around the country are finding it harder and harder to see their General Practitioner. Official statistics show that patients in England are not only finding it difficult to see their doctor but they are finding it difficult to even speak with their GP on the phone.
The data breaks down like this:
- 28% of patients find it “not very easy” or “not at all easy” to contact their GP.
- Only 33% (reflecting an eleven per cent decrease) of patients were “almost or almost always” able to contact their preferred GP.
- 71% of patients find opening hours inconvenient and want their practice to open at weekends.
The data analysed is from the GP Patient Survey which is compiled twice a year with a variety of quality and satisfaction measures.
The Labour party, amongst other organisations, has attributed this dissatisfaction to the decrease in funding that has been imposed in recent years. Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, has said: “Overworked and underfunded GPs are struggling to cope with rising needs from patients.”