PRESS RELEASE: Patients in South of England want their family doctor back – new poll
This week, the BMA funded campaign ‘Rebuild General Practice’ released new data showing that patients want their family doctor back.
A new survey carried out by YouGov found that most people in Britain want to see the same GP each time, in a surgery near where they live.
The poll also unveiled the elements of general practice most valued by patients, including:
- Receiving long-term support for any medical condition (95%)
- GPs’ ability to treat a wide range of medical issues (96%)
- Having concerns listened to (97%)
- Being seen in a friendly environment (90%)
Read Wessex LMCs Press Release Wessex LMCs Press Release 27-09-23
Rebuild General Practice is calling for an end to decades of neglecting the profession – so that GPs can meet the public’s desire for a return of the family doctor.
There is a crisis in general practice caused by a lack of funding and failure to retain doctors in the profession, leading to an inability to deliver the continuous, community centred care desired by patients.
The government must deliver a proper plan to retain the workforce, keep patients safe, and protect the NHS.