An alarming report from the BBC today has confirmed that just 58% of patients in England were seen in face-to-face appointments in August 2021, compared to 80% before the pandemic.
GP’s have said rising demand and shortages of staff meant they were struggling to see more people face-to-face. Data shows the number of full–time GP’s has fallen by 7% in the past five years, despite a government drive to increase the numbers.
The problems accessing GP’s also creates a knock-on effect for other services such as the Ambulance Service and Accident and Emergency Departments in local hospitals.
At Davies and Partners Solicitors, we are seeing a rise in cases where patients have suffered a delayed or missed diagnosis due to negligent treatment provided by GPs. Face-to-face appointments are an important diagnostic tool and without them, patients are at an increased risk of having a medical condition misdiagnosed or mistreated.
If you are concerned about the treatment you have received at your GP Practice, our specialist team are here to help. Please contact James or Kirrin on 01271 533747 or fill out our online enquiry form.