– Dr Maureen Baker, President of the Royal College of GPs
GPs are doing all they can but we are being seriously crippled by a toxic mix of increasing workloads and ever-dwindling budgets, which is leaving patients waiting too long for an appointment and not receiving the time or attention they need and that GPs want to give them.
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.
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.
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.