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27% 'do not see GP within a week'

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More than a quarter (27%) of patients have not been able to see a GP within a week of calling for an appointment, according to a report.

While nearly a third (30%) of patients questioned in an online survey said they could get an appointment with their local doctor within 48 hours, another 27% said they could not see their GP within a week over the past year.

Around two-thirds (65%) reported avoiding a GP or living with medical problems longer than they would like, due to being unable to secure a GP appointment.

The research carried out on behalf of insurance firm Aviva also highlighted regional variations in waiting times.

The East Midlands had the highest percentage of people able to see a GP within two days at 37%, followed by the West Midlands at 35% and the South West at 34%.

By comparison, 39% of people living in Wales and 35% of patients in Scotland had to wait more than a week for a GP appointment. Only 18% needed to wait that long in the North East.

Overall, four-fifths of those surveyed were happy with the standard of advice and treatment they were eventually given.

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  • And this isn't going to get better with the brand spanking new consortiums taking up even more of the exalted GPs time.

    This is partly why Nurse led walk in centres and other services should be greatly expanded, and advertised more so that the general public know where to go and for what. It always surprises me that even now, many people assume the only places they can go are A&E for anything serious or the GP for everything else!

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