Patients in the UK are having a hard time seeing a doctor because of a lack of GP.
According to the British Medical Association (BMA), surgery across the country is experiencing significant and increasing tensions associated with increasing demand, practices struggling to hire staff, and patients who have to wait longer for appointments. increase.
In the UK, there is an average of one GP per 2,038 people, but according to new data commissioned by the Liberal Democratic Party, many face a “zip code lottery” when it comes to seeing doctors.
In the worst-affected areas, the number of patients per physician is more than double that of patients in better conditions.
Areas most affected by GP shortage
The areas with the highest population per GP are Field and Wire, Hull, Calderdale, Salok and Portsmouth.
The top 10 looks like this:
- Fylde and Wrye – 2,833 patients per GP
- Hull – 2,761
- Calderdale – 2,606
- Salok – 2,592
- Portsmouth – 2,559
- Northeast Lincolnshire – 2,551
- Stafford – 2,557
- Tameside and Glossop – 2,536
- Chorley and South Rible – 2,510
- Kent and Medway – 2,503
On the other hand, the regions with the lowest number of cases per GP are Liverpool, Oxfordshire and Wirral.
This is the top 10:
- Liverpool – 1,614 patients per GP
- Oxfordshire – 1,688
- Wirral – 1,720
- West Suffolk – 1,731
- East Staffordshire – 1,745
- Dorset – 1,747
- North Yorkshire – 1,764
- Manchester – 1,768
- Birmingham and Solihull – 1,765
- Northumberland – 1,786
The statistics do not include trainee GPs and are based on the population of each region, not the number of enrolled patients.
If you want to know how many patients are in each GP in your area, you can use the zip code checker below.
Liberal Democratic Party Health Spokesman Munira Wilson MP said:
“But instead of resolving the GP shortage crisis, conservatives are exacerbating it by failing to train the new doctors we urgently need.”
“Family relies on being able to see a family doctor when they or their children get sick in order to receive advice, receive treatment, and get well. The government relies on patients to see their doctors. We need to invest more in the practice of our GPs and train more doctors to ensure that we receive the fair trade we deserve. “
A recent analysis by BMA shows that there are more than 1,800 fully qualified full-time GPs less than in 2015.
Between June 2020 and July 2021, the number of GP partners decreased by 918.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said: “The number of full-time GPs increased between March 2016 and March 2021, and last year a record number of doctors began training as GPs.
“Thanks to GP’s tireless efforts throughout the pandemic, we have invested £ 270 million to expand GP capacity in addition to £ 1.5 billion by 2023/24.
“We are working to increase the number of training locations available to the GP to 4,000 per year and create 50 million additional appointments per year to improve patient access.”