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Analysis shows “postcode lottery” in access to GPs in England

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3688 (Published 04 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3688
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Patients in some of the most deprived areas of England find it four times as hard to get an appointment with their GP as patients living in more affluent areas, an analysis by the Royal College of General Practitioners has found. And the areas where making an appointment is hardest also tend to have the fewest GPs, it showed.

RCGP researchers compared data from the GP Patient Survey on how easy patients found it to make an appointment with their GP with levels of social deprivation and the number of GPs in each clinical commissioning group (CCG) area. They found that the patients most likely to find it difficult to make an appointment tended to live in more deprived areas and to have the lowest number of full time equivalent GPs …

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