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GPs ‘working harder than 14 years ago’

1st August 2007

Despite similar working hours, GPs in the UK have a greater workload pressure than they did 14 years ago, it has been claimed.

In a newly-published survey, the British Medical Association (BMA) reports that increasingly complex patient consultations that are longer in duration are the cause of this rise.

Additionally, the report found that GPs are treating more patients that previously would have been admitted to hospital.

The survey revealed that full-time GPs work an average of 44.4 hours each week.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the GPs committee at the BMA, said: “Research clearly shows that longer consultations deliver better care for patients.

“On top of this, practices are achieving outstandingly high scores on the quality and outcomes framework in the new GP contract.”

He added that the study shows that GPs are providing an improved quality of care for patients, with the average consultation length rising from 8.4 minutes in 1992-93 to its current level of 11.7 minutes.

Furthermore, Dr Buckman noted the increasing complexity of GP care since the last comparable survey, while also stating that practitioners are now more closely inspected to guarantee the quality of these services.

Last week, the Department of Health published plans to resolve the inequality in access to GP services seen across England, while promising that the NHS Next Stage Review will result in additional improvements to the convenience and accessibility of healthcare services.

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