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Fact checks about GP waiting lists, appointments, staffing and pharmacists

20 October 2021

Two doctors with same name cause Times letter confusion

A social media post incorrectly claims that a letter written to The Times was from a doctor who died in 2016.

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Two doctors with same name cause Times letter confusion
13 October 2021

Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context

There are some important caveats to figures showing GP appointments drop off later in the week.

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Daily Mail report on GPs seeing fewer patients on Fridays needs more context
13 August 2019

We can’t say patients are waiting over two weeks to see a GP on average

Reports that the average wait to see GPs has passed the two-week mark aren’t based on reliable evidence.

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We can’t say patients are waiting over two weeks to see a GP on average
4 February 2019

How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?

6.5 million migrants have joined GP surgeries in the decade from 2007, but not all of them are here long-term and some were double counted.

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How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?
19 February 2018

Could 18 million GP appointments be seen by pharmacists?

A survey of around 60 GPs found that 6% of appointments could have been dealt with at home or at a pharmacy, but we can’t say if it’s an accurate …

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Could 18 million GP appointments be seen by pharmacists?
22 December 2017

Is the NHS recruiting enough new GPs?

The number of GPs is falling, but we can’t be certain by how much. The number in training is rising, although we don’t know if this will be enough for …

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Is the NHS recruiting enough new GPs?
31 January 2017

Are patients going to A&E instead of GPs?

It was estimated in 2010 that between 10% and 30% of cases attending A&E were of a type that could be seen by a GP.

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Are patients going to A&E instead of GPs?
27 January 2017

The total number of missed GP appointments

Perhaps surprisingly, no-one routinely collects this information.

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The total number of missed GP appointments
11 April 2015

Election update, 11 April: NHS funding and access to GPs

We might be entering the home straight in the election campaign, but it's rather a different race occupying the minds of many journalists today.

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Election update, 11 April: NHS funding and access to GPs
7 April 2015

GP appointments: are a quarter unable to get one within a week?

We factchecked whether a quarter of people can't get a GP appointment within a week.

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GP appointments: are a quarter unable to get one within a week?

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