BMA – Workload strain compromises patient safety, finds survey

Unmanageable workload means GPs are struggling to provide safe care to patients, according to the results of a BMA survey.Findings from the recent survey of GPs in England highlight the alarming impact spiralling levels of demand are having on GPs, many of whom are increasingly unable to cope.Based on more than 5,000 responses, the survey found that 84 per cent of GPs report that unchecked and growing workload pressures are undermining their ability to provide safe and quality care.Of this figure, 57 per cent described their daily workloads as ‘unmanageable’ with a further 27 per cent saying that excessive pressures are directly impacting standards. Struggling GPsBMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul said the results emphasised how, despite the Government’s pledges of investment and support for general practice, much still needs to be done to address the monumental challenges facing the sector.He said: ‘This major survey of more than 5,000 GPs in England demonstrates that GP practices across the country are struggling to provide safe, high-quality patient care because of unmanageable workload.‘Many practices are being overwhelmed by rising patient demand, contracting budgets and staff shortages which has left them unable to deliver enough appointments and the specialist care many members of the public need.He added: ‘Addressing the crisis in general practice requires a clear strategy that addresses the numerous problems undermining local GP services.‘The recent GP Forward View accepted the principles behind the BMA’s Urgent Prescription for General Practice which laid out practical solutions, like those in our current survey, that the government needs to implement urgently.’We cannot continue to have a service that cannot deliver a safe and effective level of care to the public.’

Source: BMA – Workload strain compromises patient safety, finds survey

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