GP patients flooding A&E

People who cannot easily get an appointment with a GP are turning to A&E, a national survey has found.

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'Worst performing' GP practice in West Yorkshire

At a GP practice in West Yorkshire half of patients are unable to get a GP appointment in 24 hours. Credit: PA Wire

The worst performing practice nationally is in West Yorkshire, where on average half of patients are unable to get a GP appointment in 24 hours, research found.

The Informatics Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital showed that 38% of the practice's patients chose to go to A&E at the local hospital instead.

The best performing practice is in Barnsley where all patients got a GP appointment within 24 hours and only 2% of the practice’s patients chose to go to A&E at their local hospital.