Poll finds pa­tients put trust in their GP

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By HILARY DUNCANSON

Four-fifths of Scots be­lieve GPS are the com­mu­nity pro­fes­sion­als they trust the most to meet their health­care needs, ac­cord­ing to a poll.

The Royal Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers in Scot­land, which com­mis­sioned the Yougov study, said the find­ing demon­strated over­whelm­ing sup­port for fam­ily doc­tors to get suf­fi­cient fund­ing.

It found 79 per cent of peo­ple have great­est trust in GPS to treat them, com­pared to other pri­mary care pro­fes­sion­als. In ad­di­tion, 63 per cent of pa­tients said they want to see a GP first when mak­ing an ap­point­ment and 64 per cent placed im­por­tance on see­ing the same GP.

Dr Miles Mack, chair of RCGP Scot­land, said: “This sur­vey sends a clear mes­sage that pa­tients want their GP to re­main cen­tral to their care.”

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