Millions face three-week wait to see GP
ONE IN 10 patients is waiting at least three weeks to see a GP, new figures have shown.
Data released by NHS Digital shows that in October, 2.8 million people did not see a doctor until at least 21 days after they had booked an appointment. Of those, 1.4 million waited more than 28 days.
The figures also show that more than a million people are failing to turn up to their scheduled appointments each month – equating to around one in 20.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, yesterday said it was “frustrating” that patients were having to wait “too long” to secure a GP appointment.
The Department of Health and Social Care said GPs were working hard to provide high-quality care, with over a million appointments booked every week day in October and 40 per of patients seen on the same day. Extended hours were also being rolled out, a spokeswoman said.