Inadequate GP facilities are hampering patient care, BMA survey finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4543
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Many general practice buildings in England and Scotland are so cramped and inadequate that GPs cannot deliver effective care or provide enough patient appointments, surveys by the BMA have found.1

The chairman of the BMA’s GP committee, Chaand Nagpaul, warned that without investment in GP premises the government’s plan to shift care from hospitals into the community would not succeed because “many GP facilities will not be able to sustain this extra workload.”

Around half (3958) of the practices in England and a similar proportion (441) in Scotland responded to the BMA survey and drew similar findings. Four in 10 GP practices were found to be unable to deliver adequate services to patients, while …

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