GP consultations have become more intense and complex, shows survey

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 24 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6896
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

GPs are facing increasingly complex and intense consultations that are difficult to squeeze into the traditional 10 minute time slot, a BMA survey has found.

The final results of the national survey of GP opinion, which was sent out to 46 700 GPs in the United Kingdom in April, also show that GPs in England have serious concerns about the effects that the Health and Social Care Bill will have on care of patients and the trust between doctors and patients.

Altogether 18 757 GPs responded to the survey, a response rate of 40%—a significant increase on the 25% who responded to a similar survey …

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