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UK GPs want longer consultations

11/03/2020

Just one in four UK GPs are satisfied with the time they are able to spend with patients. The finding is from a report by the Health Foundation which found appointment times in the UK to be among the shortest of 11 countries surveyed.

The report paints a picture of high stress and low satisfaction with workload among UK GPs. The report is an analysis of an international survey of GPs from 11 high-income countries, including 1,001 UK GPs, undertaken by the Commonwealth Fund in 2019. Only France has lower levels of overall satisfaction with practising medicine, and only Sweden reported higher levels of stress. Over half of UK GPs (60%) say they find their job extremely or very stressful, and almost half (49%) plan to reduce their weekly hours in the next three years.

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