Figures show that nearly 40,000 people have registered with doctors in the last 18 months. Look on the link for the actual numbers… The poor manpower planning and rationing of places for British students means we will be importing… for the next 3 – 4 elections..
GP surgeries are at breaking point after the number of patients across Greater Manchester soared by nearly 40,000 in just 18 months.
NHS data analysed by the M.E.N. shows that an extra 38,738 people signed up with a surgery from April last year to October this year.
The figures show that 16 surgeries in the region saw their registered patients increase by more than a quarter.
The number of extra people who signed up with a surgery from April last year to October this year
The average number of patients signed up with each surgery in Greater Manchester
The number of surgeries in the region which saw their registered patients increase by more than a quarter
One senior doctor says GPs are facing increasing pressure from rising numbers of patients due to an aging population and the movement of care out of hospitals.
Dr Kailash Chand OBE, a Tameside GP and deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, said the figures highlight the pressure on GPs.
He added: “There can be little doubt that GP practices across the north west are struggling with the same pressures that are coming to bare on GP services throughout the NHS.
“We are seeing serious shortfalls in the number of doctors choosing to train as GPs. In the north west, almost 30 per cent of GP trainee places went unfilled, while senior GPs are choosing to retire early or work abroad for a better work-life balance.
“If this situation continues, it will result in an accelerating decline in the overall number of GPs, which could present a threat to patient care as there may be too few GPs for the number of patients walking through the surgery doors.”
….A spokeswoman for NHS England in Greater Manchester said: “NHS England recognises the increase in patients registered with GPs in the Greater Manchester area.
“Continued growth in the local population has been anticipated and a number of new practices were established over recent years to accommodate some of these patients, while other practices have expanded.
“GP practices income is largely determined by their list size. Therefore, when the registered patient list grows, the practice receives an increase in funding to resource the increase in service delivery required for these patients.
“We can confirm that this will not affect patients’ ability to access appointments.”