GPs have less time with patients and would like more

The majority of GPs (57%) say that they have less time to see patients than five years ago with almost half (43%) believing a lack of time with patients affects their ability to diagnose.

The figures are from a survey of 200 GPs compiled on behalf of insurer Aviva.

It also found that only 7% of GPs feel a lack of time with a patient does not affect their ability to do their job.

While 89% of GPs feel that ideally they would like up to 20 minutes to see each patient, current practice is to schedule appointments for 10 minutes each.

The internet plays an important role, with 96% claiming access to web search engines on a daily basis for their work and 65% admitting to using these online resources as an aid to diagnosis.

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