One in five patients now waits at least two weeks to see a GP, finds report - The Guardian

One in five patients now waits at least two weeks to see a GP, finds report - The Guardian

One in five patients now has to wait at least 15 days to see a GP in England, NHS figures have revealed.

Just under 5m of the 27.1m appointments at GPs’ surgeries in October involved waiting anywhere between 15 and 28 or more days to see a doctor or practice nurse. That was almost one in five (18.3%) of the total consultations available, NHS Digital figures showed.

The publication of the figures – the first of their kind ever issued by the NHS – have prompted renewed concern about how the rising demand for care and shortage of GPs are forcing patients to wait much longer than before for an appointment.

GPs’ leaders highlighted that 40% of people got to see a doctor or nurse on the day they called. Another 6.6% were seen within 24 hours and 20.3% within between two and seven days. Taken together that meant that two-thirds (67.1%) of patients got an appointment inside a week.

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