How rising patient numbers threaten to overwhelm GPs
Health / Thu 27th May 2021 at 05:30pm
RISING numbers of patients needing care and a shortage of GPs is threatening to overwhelm the system, doctors and patient groups are warning.
It comes after the pandemic has caused severe disruption to GP practices for more than a year.
Analysis of NHS England data by the Health Foundation found more than 28 million appointments were booked in March, among the highest recorded.
Doctors’ leaders say what they are being asked to achieve is “undoable”.
The analysis of NHS Digital data in England carried out by the Health Foundation for the BBC also found that that between 2019-20 and 2020-21:
The escalating situation has prompted patient groups to call for an urgent review of access to services, amid reports that patients are struggling to get through.
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