Mil­lions face three-week wait to see GP

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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.

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