An exclusive Pulse survey has revealed that GPs in the UK have an average of 41.5 patient contacts every day – 60% more than the number considered safe by European GPs.

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A survey of 900 GPs reveals that more than one in five GPs have more than 50 daily patient contacts, including face-to-face and telephone consultations, home visits and e-consultations.

Some GPs said they had up to 70 patient contacts a day – with others saying that the pressure has forced them to resign or give up partnerships. Click here for the full survey results.

The story has been covered in the Guardian, Independent, Times, The Sun, Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail.