GPs are working harder, 12-year study shows

Practices in England conducted 60 per cent more consultations in 2007 than in 1995, according to research.

The average GP practice conducted 33,900 consultations in 2007 compared to just 21,100 in 1995.

The study, by the NHS Information Centre, found the average the average patient visits their GP 5.4 times a year compared with 3.9 in 1995.

The study was based on QRESEARCH data from 102 surgeries surveyed in 1995 and 465 in 2007.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

NHS Information Centre

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