GPs pushed to the limit to keep up with patient demand, BMA warns

The BMA has released the following statement on the data:

In October practices in Gloucestershire offered 16% more appointments than the previous month, with over 307,000 patients seen face to face. 72% of patients were see within 2 weeks, above the national average. GP practice teams continue to work incredibly hard to provide care to their patients, at a time when demand for appointments is increasing.

Currently Gloucestershire requires 79 FTE additional GPs to meet the BMA GP to patient recommended ratio. They are using additional clinical roles where available to support with patient care and improve access to appointments including nurse practitioners, paramedics, physicians associates and pharmacists. Please show kindness and respect when dealing with the staff at your practice, they are all doing their best to provide care to patients.

Please see this article for more information from the British Medical Association.