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    • 08 NOV 17

    10 Minute NHS GP Consultations ‘Crazy’

    Shortest consultation time in the world

    Putting patient health at risk

    gp stethoscopeNHS GPs are warning that the UK average 10 minute GP consultation time is too short and risks undermining care if more patients are pushed out of hospitals.

    The average consultation time in the UK is 10 minutes, yet the number of consultations carried out has risen by nearly a quarter in the past 5 years.

    Research by the Health Foundation has suggested the amount of time spent by UK GPs with patients is the lowest in the developed world (based on information provided by GPs from 11 countries, including Germany, France, Australia and the US).

    • 92% of consultations in the UK completed in under 15 minutes
    • 27% in other countries

    GPs say the ageing population means more complex conditions that cannot be dealt with in a 10-minute consultation, yet the UK’s already short consultation time is expected to come under more pressure due to the increasing workload from hospital cut backs intended to ‘modernise’ the NHS.

    RCGP president Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard said:

    “We have the shortest consultations in Europe. It is a crazy situation. They want to push more care out of hospitals, but we do not have the resources or infrastructure in the community to cope.”

    She added

    “If we had longer, you could do so much more to reduce hospital admissions and repeat attendances.”

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    A poll has shown that there is now a level of public acceptance for GP charges:

    • 7 out of 10 supported charges for missed appointments
    • 49% did not oppose charges for guaranteed appointment within 24 hours
    • 20% would be willing to pay over £10 for a guaranteed appointment

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