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GPs struggling with workloads
7:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
Family doctors may have to join with other practices to cope with a rising workload, Wiltshire GPs leader Dr Steve Rowlands warns.
The Trowbridge locum GP, chairman of Wilts-hire Clinical Commiss-ioning Group, echoed the findings of a survey by the British Medical Asso-ciation, in which 94 per cent of GPs said their workload had risen and 82 per cent felt some of the new national targets were reducing the number of appointments available to patients.
Dr Rowlands said the increase was due to fewer full-time GPs, a rise in patient demand and more people living longer and with long-term conditions.
He said: “We have to be careful we don’t get GP burn out. People will have had a call from their surgery in the last six months, because their GP is off sick and the practice needs to cancel the appointment or arrange for a locum doctor.
“At medical school, most people are going into secondary care. Instead of 40 per cent going into general practice, it should between 60 and 70 percent.
“I think we will be looking at bigger, federated practices and we have to be more creative in the way we work. Practices are increasingly using triage nurses.”
Dr Helen Osborn, a GP in West Lavington and chairman of the West Wiltshire, Yatton Keynell and Devizes group of GPs, said: “The feedback we are getting is practices are under pressure.”
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