Single-handed urban practices face review

Single-handed urban GPs will face renewed scrutiny this week after a report from the Healthcare Commission warned their status may need to be reviewed.

In a wide-ranging report on the quality of healthcare in the UK, it warned that scores in the quality framework showed problems with such practices.
The report, State of Healthcare 2006, says: ‘For a number of conditions, including CHD, heart failure, hypertension and stroke, single-handed practices tended to score lower than the average.
‘This may have particular implications for how primary care services are delivered in deprived urban areas, where many single-handed practices operate.

‘The variation in the quality of care provided by practices is corroborated by our review of services for older people.’
The report also says that 76 per cent of patients ‘definitely’ had confidence in their GP.

However, it highlights continuing access issues, noting differences between England and Wales: slightly fewer people in Wales (56 per cent) than in England (60 per cent) are able to see a GP within two days.

Healthcare Commission report

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