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GPs still the jewel in NHS crown

Most patients are satisfied with their GP but dissatisfaction with the rest of the NHS is growing, according to a survey.

The annual British Social Attitudes Survey of 3,000 people found three-quarters of respondents were happy with their GP but only 40 per cent were happy with the NHS, compared with 55 per cent satisfaction two decades ago.

GP popularity has dropped from 80 per cent in 1983.

People who saw their GP in the previous year were more likely to report satisfaction.

The proportion of people who said they would pay higher taxes to fund a better NHS was 63 per cent, double the level of 20 years ago.

Three-quarters of respondents were opposed to the idea the NHS should only be available as a safety-net for people on low incomes.

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