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New research from The King’s Fund exposes for the first time the extent of the crisis in general practice, finding that the overall number of consultations (face-to-face & telephone) has increased by 15% over the past 5 years, 3 times the rate of increase in the number of GPs.  The report analyses 30m patient contacts from 177 practices and includes extensive research with GP practices & trainees.

As well as a growth in the number of consultations, it shows that general practice’s workload has become more complex and intense. For example, the research also found:

  • a 63% growth in telephone consultations
  • the biggest increase in consultations were among the over-85 age group (up 28%), who are more likely to have more than one chronic condition
  • using other members of the primary care team to triage & manage minor illness means that the patients GPs do see tend to be the most complex cases, who often require more than a 10-minute appointment
  • the move to transfer care closer to patients’ homes hasn’t been coupled with the equivalent transfer of resources to primary care, again increasing the pressure on GPs
Researched Links:

Kings Fund:  Causes of GP crisis revealed in new analysis

Other GP related KF publications

NHS England:  What’s important to me: not what you think is important for me

Invitation to ‘tool-up’ for better care

Improving the gateway to better healthcare

Can standards be maintained?

Helping guard against a return to pre-antibiotic medical care

Reducing visits to A&E

Joined-up care by law

NHS England:  Healthcare change is messy but we are going in the right direction

Involving general practitioners in regulatory decisions on medicines

MPs back CQC regulation of general practices

LGA Councils respond to GP rescue package

CQC supports 5-year vision for general practice in England

New Intelligence Packs offer early prevention opportunities – Dr Matt Kearney

New service to ensure better health and wellbeing for Wales’ GPs

NICE tackles complex health issues for people with multi-morbidity

Helping doctors respond to the needs of transgender people – Will Huxter

200,000 people given the skills to contact the doctor online reducing NHS costs

New improved prostate pack for GPs

GP complaint handling – An opportunity to improve

Kings Fund:  £11bn cost of treating physical & mental health separately

New GP contract agreed for 2016 to 2017

Market Engagement launched: Improving GPs’ Access to Mental Health Support

Patients Association:  BMA survey shows patient care deteriorating as GPs struggle to cope

NICE targets stroke with possible new indicators for GPs and clinical commissioners