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Defiant GPs snub 48hr access crackdown

Most patients who want an

urgent appointment are seen by their GP within six hours.

One respondent in six said they would be seen immediately if the matter was urgent, with a further quarter saying it would be within three hours.

Only 7 per cent replied that they would not be seen within the Government's 48-hour access target.

Dr Relton Cummings, chair of Newcastle LMC, said: 'This is a testament to GPs responding to appropriate demand.'

Michael Summers, chair of the Patients Association, said that many practices had 'abandoned' slavish adherence to the 48-hour access target.

He said: 'We find that if the appointment is urgent, the experience is that the receptionist says that the GP will see you.'

He added: 'Most people tell us they can see their GP the same day.'

The survey also found that more than half of patients would wait to see their GP for a non-urgent appointment rather than see a nurse or go to a walk-in centre.

One in three patients would opt to see another GP in the practice if they could be seen within 24 hours.

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