I have written quite a bit about GP’s since I started this blog. They are the doorway to health services in the NHS and they are gatekeepers to NHS Services. They were once universally venerated members of the community, but that view seems to be changing.
A recent report by the British Attitude Survey showed that satisfaction with GP services had fallen from 80% in 2009 down to 65% last year. This is a substantial drop. What could it be about ?
- Difficulty in getting appointments ?
- Time taken to see the doctor ?
- Not seeing the same doctor ?
- Shortage of time with the doctor ?
- Too many pills ?
- Not enough pills ?
- No pills ?
- Not enough GP’s ?
- GP’s not available at weekends ?
- GP’s excessively using Locum doctors ?
It could be any, all or none of the above things and every GP practice is different. My own practice is excellent, but from press coverage in the last few years, not everyone’s is a good. This survey seems to confirm that.
Obviously, the service they provide is not entirely in their own hands. The endless problems of the NHS undoubtedly impact on how GP’s are perceived. Equally the increasing numbers of older people will be placing more demands on GP’s.