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GPs express concern over their ability to care properly for elderly patients

Posted on 19/08/2013

Four out of five GPs have said that they are worried about how they will deliver continuity of care to at-risk elderly patients, citing “insufficient resources” as a reason that they are unable to provide high-quality care.

This comes from a new poll by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), which also showed that 70% of GPs are predicting longer waiting times within the next two years.

Almost half of the GPs polled stated that they have cut back on the services that they are able to offer to their patients, due to the lack of resources.

The RCGP has said that general practice is at “breaking point” and it is calling for an emergency package of investment from the Government before there are “disastrous consequences for patients”.

Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the RCGP, says: "The results of our survey paint a bleak picture for patients, the profession and the future of general practice. GPs are grappling with a 'double whammy' of spiralling workloads and dwindling resources, and big cracks are now starting to appear in the care and services that we can deliver for our patients.”

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