GPs 'can't promise safe care'

Almost half of GPs say they can "no longer guarantee safe care" for their patients, while 85 percent of those questioned thought general practice was "in crisis", according to a recent poll of family doctors.

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NHS England 'recognises GP services are pressured'

NHS England said it recognises that 'a complex range of factors are causing pressures on GP services'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

NHS England said it recognises that "a complex range of factors are causing pressures on GP services".

An NHS England spokesman said: "We want to explore with the profession how we can best enable GP practices to continue to provide a quality service and we look forward to working with the RCGP [Royal College of General Practitioners] to identify how best to achieve these goals.

"We are also working with Health Education England and other partners to look at how best to develop the primary care workforce. But it is essential that we also support primary care in making the most effective use of existing resources to improve quality of care".

GPs' group: General practice 'in a state of crisis'

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said urgent action must be taken after a poll suggested almost half of GPs said they can "no longer guarantee safe care" for their patients.

Dr Clare Gerada, the chairwoman of the RCGP, said general practice is in "a state of crisis" and has called on officials to increase its budget.

Dr Clare Gerada, chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Credit: PA Wire

"The results of this poll show that general practice is in a state of crisis and that urgent action must be taken to restore the ability of our family doctors to deliver safe patient care for all," she said.

"General practice is at the heart of the National Health Service, and if it starts to buckle, the whole of the health service starts to buckle and patient care in both primary and secondary care will suffer", Dr Gerada added.

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Fifth of GPs 'forced to seek support for stress'

A poll conducted by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) suggests a fifth of GPs have been forced to seek support, guidance or advice for work-related stress.

Of the 258 family doctors questioned across the UK, more than half said they saw between 40 and 60 patients a day.

The poll of GPs was conducted by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Almost all of those surveyed said they believe that working in general practice was more stressful than five years ago.

The college said GPs receive nine percent of the NHS's annual budget, despite catering for 90 percent of patients.

Poll: Almost half of GPs 'cannot promise safe care'

Almost half of GPs say they can "no longer guarantee safe care" for their patients, according to a new poll.

A poll of family doctors suggest that 49 percent thought GPs were under so much pressure they could not promise safe care for patients.

Poll: Almost half of GPs say they can 'no longer guarantee safe care' for their patients Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Family doctors are under "overwhelming pressure" and grappling with massive workloads and increasingly complex cases, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) claimed.

Of those questioned, 85 percent thought general practice was "in crisis".

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