GP workload pressures undermining patient safety

Eighty-four per cent of GPs in England believe that unchecked and growing workload pressures are ‘undermining their ability to provide safe and quality care’ to patients, according to the findings of a recent survey by the British Medical Association (BMA).


More than 5,000 GPs responded to the survey, with more than half describing their daily workloads as ‘unmanageable’ and over a quarter saying ‘excessive pressures are directly impacting standards.’

GPs are said to be ‘struggling’ with the ‘alarming impact’ of ‘spiralling levels of demand’ placed on them.

More than half called for more mental health workers and nearly 60 per cent suggested that more resources should be invested to empower self-care.

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