GPs in deprived areas do more out of hours workBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7363.512 (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:512
- Roger Dobson
GPs working in deprived areas have 44% more out of hour contacts than GPs in other areas, according to new research.
The researchers, who also found that there was a higher number of surgery consultations and more same day consultations in deprived areas, say the results show that such areas need a smaller ratio of GPs to patients.
“Currently, GPs are inversely distributed with fewer in deprived areas,” says a report of the research (Journal of Public Health Medicine 2002;24:41-38). “It is difficult to recommend a simple list size adjustment to account for the extra workload …