Written evidence submitted by anonymous (FGP0188)

 

To whom it may concern

I am a recently qualified salaried GP working in Dorset in the South-West of England, but also work as a locum GP and within the out-of-hour service locally.

 

Many thanks for reaching out and enquiring about the barriers and difficulties of general practice.

 

In my opinion, the problem does not lie in the difficulty accessing primary care (in fact there are vast options, at least locally for patients to access us face-to-face, on-the-day, via telephone consultations and online consultations if they wish).

 

However, unfortunately there is quite a mismatch between patient demand and what we can offer with limited recourses (both staff and monetary). You can only stretch services so thin until things start falling apart and become unsafe. How many patient consultations, blood results, letters, admin tasks, queries from colleagues etc can one manage safely?

 

I think we need to:

1)      Limit number of consultations per clinician per day to a safe number

2)      Identify safe options what to do with patients that need advice when these numbers are reached

3)      Educate patients when to seek a GP and when they might be better off to care for themselves or seek advice via their pharmacy or other healthcare professions. This will help with the above to points.

 

December 2021