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03 February

Exclusive: GPs are now dealing with 18% more patient contacts than pre-Covid

GPs are currently dealing with an average of 36 patients daily


GENERAL Practitioners across the UK are now dealing with 18% more patients on a daily basis than prior to the Covid pandemic, according to a new survey.

GPs are currently dealing with an average of 36 patients daily, compared to 30 patients daily prior to March 2020.

The data has been gathered by Menlo Park’s November 2021 survey Tech & Primary Care: A Post Pandemic Panacea, which gave 11,000 GPs the opportunity to have their say on current general practice.

General Practice in the media

In the last couple of months GPs have come under fire in the media due to the perception that doctors surgeries are no longer dealing with as many patients as pre-Covid, and Health Secretary Sajid Javid has also threatened to publish league tables naming and shaming surgeries with the lowest levels of face-to-face appointment.

But GPs have argued that access to appointments is higher than ever as suggested within these results. GPs are now dealing with patients using telephone consultations, video consultations and e-consultations in addition to face-to-face appointments. The post-pandemic world has seen telephone consultations increase from 6 per day to 24, and video consultations from just 0.08 in March 2020 to 2 per day now.

Also within the survey it has been revealed that 72% of GPs said that working in primary care throughout Covid-19 has negatively affected their mental health due to the increase in workload pressures.

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