GP 'crisis'

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

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?

There were 6.5 million GP registrations by people whose last address was abroad between 2007 and 2017.

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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?

GPs think some appointments could be dealt with by pharmacists. We don’t have enough evidence to confidently say how many could be.

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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.

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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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