GP dossier says patients getting “second rate” serviceBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1197 (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1197
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Intolerable working conditions in general practice mean that many patients are receiving a “second rate—or worse” health service, and unless extra resources are pumped into the system patient care will continue to be compromised, warned the BMA this week.
The experiences of more than 100 doctors from across the United Kingdom have been assembled in a snapshot survey to highlight the strains under which family doctors are working.
Among the stories is one from a Cardiff GP whose patients have to wait six years for a hip replacement operation and one from a GP in Bolton who complained that a patient with suspected ovarian cancer had to wait 23 weeks before being …