Practices working harder, data show

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 that the average patient visited their GP 5.4 times a year in 2007 compared with 3.9 in 1995.

The proportion of consultations carried out by telephone trebled, while the proportion of consultations that took place as home visits fell to 4 per cent.

The proportion of consultations conducted by practice nurses also rose over that period from 21 per cent to 35 per cent.

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

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