GP workload rise as royal wedding bank holiday nears

GP practices have faced a sharp rise in workload in the three-day week between Easter and the royal wedding bank holiday, GP leaders say.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on 29 April (Photograph: Rex Features )
Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on 29 April (Photograph: Rex Features )

The bank holiday for the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton on 29 April brings the second four-day weekend in a row.

But warm weather and careful planning have meant practices have not struggled to cope as much as feared.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘It has been busy but not as bad as we anticipated. The good weather has helped – lots of people are away and the sunshine means people feel well and are less likely to visit their GP.

‘Practices have a lot of experience coping with bank holidays and their systems have worked well.’

He said high demand for repeat prescriptions had meant practices needed to plan carefully.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Doctors are being 'taxed out of the NHS', warns BMA chair

Doctors are being 'taxed out of the NHS', warns BMA chair

The NHS risks being brought to a standstill because 'perverse and punitive pension...

Welsh GP contract deal delivers £25m funding boost and partner incentives

Welsh GP contract deal delivers £25m funding boost and partner incentives

GPs in Wales will receive a £25m increase in funding in 2019/20 as part of a new...

Elected BMA members to receive equality training after sexism investigation

Elected BMA members to receive equality training after sexism investigation

BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul has promised that the association will 'learn, act and...

NHS Resolution moves to allay fears over state indemnity 'small print'

NHS Resolution moves to allay fears over state indemnity 'small print'

Information about GPs will only be passed to the GMC under 'very rare circumstances'...

BMA U-turn over sexism and harassment debate at annual conference

BMA U-turn over sexism and harassment debate at annual conference

Doctors' leaders will debate claims that the BMA fails to address sexism and harassment...

Doctors begin giving evidence in BMA sexism investigation

Doctors begin giving evidence in BMA sexism investigation

Doctors have started giving evidence as part of the investigation into sexism and...