Almost three quarters of doctors 'question' Hunt

An overwhelming number of doctors "question" the health secretary's ability to do his job, a survey has revealed.

According to the Your Legal Friend survey into NHS doctors' time management:

  • At least 72% of doctors question Jeremy Hunt's capability as health secretary.
  • A further 49% feel he is failing to understand the needs of the NHS.
  • Over one in four (28%) of doctors expressed deep concerns over the future of the NHS and could not see a future for the NHS.
  • Some 17% said cuts to the NHS was their number one professional concern, while the same proportion said they had too much paperwork.
  • A quarter said they knew patients delayed seeing them because of appointment waiting times and 55% of these thought this had a negative impact on recovery.

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GPs 'too busy with paperwork'

Doctors are forced to spend too much time on paperwork and it prevents them from spending time with their patients, a survey has found. Research released by solicitors Your Legal Friend found doctors spent 17 hours looking after administration.