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Wait weeks to see a GP: Some patients face delays of more than a fortnight for appointment with family doctor
According to dailymail.co.uk, a survey has revealed that many patients have to wait up to three weeks or more to get an appointment at their family GP.
Over two-thirds of more than 2,000 patients have stated that they are not able to see their family doctor within two days. More than a quarter can’t get an appointment within a week, including some who have to wait even longer than a fortnight or up to three weeks.
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Last year the Government scrapped a bonus, which encouraged family doctors to see patients within 48 hours. This is most likely to be connected to the steadily increased waiting times.
In addition, GPs say they are being forced to spend increasing amounts of their time filling in forms and attending meetings…
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Chief Medical Officer: Russian roulette to avoid flu jab
According to telegraph.co.uk, people are more likely to get the vaccinations they need before going on holiday than the winter flu jab, it is claimed, prompting Government accusations that they are “playing Russian roulette with their lives”.
At-risk groups are today urged to get free flu jabs from their GP.
A Department of Health survey found that 87 per cent of those questioned would get the necessary injections to protect them against tropical diseases, such as yellow fever and typhoid, if they were “jetting off on exotic holidays to Thailand or Africa”.
But separate figures show that only half of the under-65s in England who were advised to get the seasonal flu jab last year took up the offer.