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In full: GPs feel the NHS reforms are not working

A Pulse survey of almost 600 GPs has found that patient care has worsened, while GPs feel no more involved in commissioning than they did under PCTs since the NHS reforms of 2013

Do you feel more involved in commissioning decisions since the formation of your local CCG, compared with the PCT?

Yes – 26%

No – 68%

Don’t know – 6%

 

Do you feel that ordinary GPs in your area have a say in commissioning decisions made by the CCG?

Yes – 26%

No – 65%

Don’t know – 9%

 

What effect have the NHS reforms and the switch to GP commissioning in April 2013 had on the quality of patient care?

Much better – 2%

Slightly better – 15%

No change – 46%

Slightly worse – 28%

Much worse – 9%

 

What effect have the NHS reforms and the switch to GP commissioning in April 2013 had on clinical influence on NHS spending?

Much better – 3%

Slightly better – 26%

No change – 39%

Slightly worse – 21%

Much worse – 11%

 

What effect have the NHS reforms and the switch to GP commissioning in April 2013 had on the NHS’s ability to provide care to those who most need it?

Much better – 1.36%

Slightly better – 14.63%

No change – 42.52%

Slightly worse – 27.72%

Much worse – 14.46%

 

What effect have the NHS reforms and the switch to GP commissioning in April 2013 had on care provided in the community?

Much better – 2.53%

Slightly better – 23.65%

No change – 32.26%

Slightly worse – 23.48%

Much worse – 19.76%

 

What effect have the NHS reforms and the switch to GP commissioning in April 2013 had on variation in treatments provided in different areas?

Much better – 2%

Slightly better – 13%

No change – 41%

Slightly worse – 24%

Much worse – 20%

 

The survey launched on 9 February 2015, collating responses using the SurveyMonkey tool. The 37 questions covered a wide range of GP topics, to avoid selection bias on one issue. The survey was advertised to readers via our website and email newsletter, with a prize draw for a Samsung HD TV as an incentive to complete the survey. Some 592 GPs answered these questions.

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