Responding to the latest British Social Attitudes1 survey carried out by the National Centre for Social Research which highlights attitudes towards emergency care and perceptions of GP services, BMA deputy chair Dr David Wrigley, said:
“These findings are disappointing but not surprising given that after years of cuts to NHS staff and services, patients know first-hand the frustration of longer waiting times for GP appointments, hospital appointments and inadequate social and community-based care.”
“Quite rightly, the NHS thrives on collaborative working and patients benefit from this, but with parts overstretched and lacking capacity, the entire ship can sink and patients are left struggling to find the right port of call for their care.
“We need to see significant new investment reach frontline emergency care and GP services. This way patients, particularly those in deprived areas, can have timely access to a health care professional most appropriate to their needs and feel confident in the care they are going to receive.
“It is crucial that the Government delivers now on investment so doctors, who are similarly frustrated with long patient waits, are able to do the job they trained to do – care for patients.”
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