Pulse in the Press: Pressures force GP practices to halt routine appointments

Press Release

A Pulse survey of nearly 800 GPs on the average waiting times for GP appointments has been featured by the Times, Daily Mail, Sun, Telegraph and LBC Radio among others. 

One in six GPs says their practice had to resort to stopping routine bookings, limiting appointments to ‘emergency’ patients only, at some point in the last 12 months.

The survey found that average waiting times for GP appointments remains at two weeks, despite attempts by the NHS to relieve pressures on practices.

GPs say they have had no routine appointments available for the next four weeks, so have decided to limit them to urgent appointments.

The story has been covered by the Times, Daily Mail, Sun, Telegraph and LBC Radio