Five million patients were unable to book a GP appointment when they tried to make one in October, analysis has suggested.
Problems with access to family doctors will drive patients to accident & emergency and exacerbate pressure on hospitals, campaigners said yesterday.
Another two million people faced a wait of more than a month to see their doctor, the highest number since the records began, in 2017, and 4.3 million waited for more than a fortnight.
Says something about the NHS when it took 70 years for them to even begin to check their own performance.
The other is that GPs are currently paid not to see people. The capitation fee is for having the patient on the list. Change the incentives, so that they get paid for seeing people, and watch behaviour change.
Just been through this, a 111 call. No, not immediately urgent but 24 hours would be nice. That did, in fact, happen. But to get to it took several phone calls from at least two real live doctors before a nurse type came out to use Eyeball Mk I as a diagnostic tool. Oh, also, the surgery, and all doctors and nurse types etc, stop work at 6 pm.
This might not be quite the way to do it you know.