Gli appuntamenti del GP faccia a faccia diminuiscono di quasi 1 milione al mese nonostante i ripetuti impegni

FACE-to-face GP appointments have fallen by almost one million in a month despite pledges from ministers to improve access to doctors.

Meno di 60 per cent of GP appointments in England were conducted face-to-face last month, new figures show.

Face-to-face GP appointments have fallen by almost one million in a month

Face-to-face GP appointments have fallen by almost one million in a monthCredito: Getty

Data from the NHS shows 58 per cent of appointments were carried out face-to-face in August, the first full month since most Covid legal restrictions were lifted in England.

The stats show that last month 13.7 million patients had a face-to-face appointment with a GP – giù da 14.6 million the month before.

According to the data, in agosto 2019 80 per cent of appointments were carried out in person, but this dropped to 52 per cent in August last year.

For all of this year, the proportion of in-person appointments has been between 50 per cent and 60 per cento.

The figures come as GPs have been under fire for not offering enough face-to-face appointments, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid saying the Government would urge them to do so.

Meanwhile the data shows the proportion of telephone consultations rose from 14 per cent in August 2019 per 38 per cent last month.

In August last year 43 per cent of GP appointments were carried out over the phone.

During the first wave of coronavirus between April and July last year, the proportion of face-to-face appointments dropped below 50 per cento.

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The highest proportion of telephone appointments was 47.8 per cent in April last yearthe month after the first national lockdown began.

In Aprile, May and June of 2020 there were more telephone appointments than face-to-face consultations.

Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the figures show it is amisconceptionthat GPs and their teams are not seeing patients face-to-face.

Ha aggiunto: “Huge numbers of GP appointments are being made every day, almost half on the same day they are booked, with a higher proportion being made in person in August than July and all in line with infection control measures to keep patients safe.

This is against a backdrop of intense workload and workforce pressures in general practice.

Remote consulting will not always be appropriate. This is why in-person appointments are being mademaking up almost six in 10 consultations in Augustand have been throughout the pandemic when they’ve been necessary.

Face-to-face consulting will always be an essential part of general practice and as we move out of the pandemic, we want to see a blended approach with decisions about how care is delivered being a joint one between GP practices and their patients.

Earlier this month Mr Javid told MPs that the Governmentintends to do a lot moreto ensure GPs see more patients face-to-face, although he did not give details of what action is planned.

Egli ha detto: “I think everyone can understand why during the height of the pandemic that GPs couldn’t provide access in the normal way.

But we’re way past that now, life is starting to return almost back to completely normal and as that is happening it should be happening in our GP surgeries too, and more GPs should be offering face-to-face access.

CHOICE OF CHAT

Mr Javid also said patients should have a choice, noting that some prefer a virtual appointment.

Ha aggiunto: “The important thing is that for those who want to have a face-to-face appointment it should be made available.

GP leaders hit back at his comments, claiming the pandemic is not over and warning that having more people back in waiting rooms risks spreading Covid to vulnerable patients.

British Medical Association council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul told the PA news agency earlier this month that GPs want to see patients face-to-face.

Ma ha aggiunto: “The one thing GP practices should not be doing is having people walking out more ill than they came in.

Most GPs have waiting rooms that are often packed, they were never designed for social distancing, therefore if we were trying to regain normality we would have people who are elderly, many clinically vulnerable, who would be at risk.

I do not agree the pandemic is behind us, lontano da esso, infections are as high as during previous lockdowns.

It’s a case of being sensible.

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