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Seven in 10 GPs see rise in patients seeking help to deal with cost of living crisis, warns RCGP

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 26 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2226
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

GPs are seeing a “worrying” rise in the number of patients presenting with problems associated with poor diet and poverty compared with last year, according to a survey by the Royal College of GPs.1

The cost of living crisis is also having a knock-on effect on the health and wellbeing of GPs, says RCGP, making it imperative that the government reforms funding formulas to better support practices in more deprived areas.

Almost three quarters (73%) of the 1855 GPs who responded to the survey said they had seen an increase in patients asking for help because of …

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