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.

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'Paperwork not patients' dominating doctors' time

GPs are spending too much time on paperwork when they would rather be looking after patients, a survey has found. Credit: PA

Doctors are swamped with paperwork and are forced to spend more time behind a desk than with their patients, a survey has found.

Attending management meetings and doing administration takes up around 17 hours a week, compared to seven hours spent at patients' bedsides.

The survey carried out by solicitors Your Legal Friend quizzed 400 doctors on their time management and their concerns about contact with patients.

Researchers also questioned 1000 members of the public on their experiences with the NHS.

Some 35% said they had received poor care from health workers while 71% delayed going to the doctor. Of these, 52% said it was because of trouble getting an appointment, with one in five waiting a week or more.

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