GP services under 'severe threat of extinction'

More than three fifths of the public believe that the amount of demand placed on GPs is a threat to patient care according to a poll commissioned by the Royal College of GPs.

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Survey shows public concern over GP workload

Over 60% of the public are worried that the number of patients GPs have to deal with is threatening the quality of NHS care, according to a new survey.

A GP examines a patient at a surgery in Hertfordshire. Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The ComRes poll for the Royal College of General Practitioner also found that 28% of patients said the last time they called a GP surgery they were unable to get an appointment that week.

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GP services 'under severe threat of extinction'

A lack of funding coupled with increasing demand for care means GP services are "under severe threat of extinction", the Royal College of GPs has warned.

The College's president, Dr Maureen Baker, warned that a "toxic mix of increasing workloads and ever-dwindling budgets" meant longer waiting times for patients, along with GPs giving them less attention.

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