Only 22% of UK GPs think NHS works well, down from half in 2013, new survey shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6639
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Many primary care doctors in the United States, the United Kingdom, and eight other rich countries think that their practices are not prepared enough to manage patients with multiple chronic conditions, a new survey by the US based non-profit think tank the Commonwealth Foundation has found.1

The doctors also said that they found it difficult to coordinate care with other providers of health and social care and expressed dissatisfaction with the practice of medicine.

Norwegian primary care doctors were the most likely to say that they were satisfied with their healthcare system, with 67% saying that it worked well, while US doctors were the least likely to express satisfaction, with just 16% saying that their system worked well. In the UK a fifth (22%) reported that their healthcare system worked well, a substantial drop since 2013, when an earlier Commonwealth Foundation survey found that nearly half thought the UK health system worked well and needed only minor changes.2

The survey found that primary care doctors in Germany, the US, the UK, and Sweden reported higher than average levels of dissatisfaction with the practice of medicine, with about a third in …

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