Patients reveal fears on NHS Bill

Patients are worried about the speed of change in the NHS reforms and the effect on their care, according to research due to be presented at the RCGP conference this week.

Professor Lester: first research into patients' views on the Health Bill
Professor Lester: first research into patients' views on the Health Bill

The first in-depth research into patients’ views on the Health Bill suggests patients are happy with primary care and are unsure why the reforms are necessary.

Others were unaware of the proposed changes, or of how they would affect patient care. Study authors said practices should advise patient groups about the effect of the changes to ensure they understood.

Study lead Professor Helen Lester of the University of Birmingham told GP Daily there was a consistent message from patients: ‘The patients had what we felt would be a lot of experience of primary care. They worried about the speed of change, and they worried about whether we need the reforms.’

Researchers spoke with 52 patients who had at least one long-term condition in spring 2011. The in-depth interviews lasted an hour and focused on experiences of primary care and knowledge of the reforms.

Only half of participants were aware that the DoH was seeking to reorganise the NHS and few among those who had heard about the changes understood the implications.

Most already thought their care was good and none of the patients complained about the care they had received.

Click here for all the latest news from the RCGP Conference

Click here for all the latest news on the Health Bill

GP Online recommends

RCGP Online Resource Centre

Read more

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

Close up of hand holding sample tube with 'Omicron' handwritten on side

Government urged to 'free up' GP practices and expand steps to control Omicron

GPs have called for immediate action such as suspension of QOF to allow practices...

(Photo: Mike Kemp/Getty Images)

Coronavirus: Key guidance GPs need to know about COVID-19

GPonline provides an overview of the key guidance relating to coronavirus, including...

External wall of GP surgery with wording 'medical centre'

‘Utterly toxic’: GPs speak out over abuse and physical attacks on practice teams

GPs have condemned a rise in verbal and physical attacks on practice staff - warning...

Artist's image of a spiked virus

Javid warns of 'substantial risk' from new COVID-19 variant

The highly mutated COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 'may pose a significant risk to public...

Desk with lettering 'LMC conference'

LMCs reject 'outdated' GMS contract and demand move to item of service payments

LMCs have voted to scrap the 'outdated and inadequate' GMS contract and to replace...

GPs at an LMC conference waving green voting cards in the air

LMCs demand ringfence on enhanced services cash and clear GP representation in ICSs

LMCs have called for a ringfence on enhanced services funding, along with a guarantee...