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High workload levels facing GPs set to be revealed by Pulse's survey

The long hours and high number of patient contacts GPs are dealing with daily are set to be revealed, as Pulse unveils the findings from its seminal workload survey in the coming days.

The results from Pulse’s snapshot survey of GPs will show for the first time the true strains that the profession is working under.

Based on the information sent in by GPs from across the UK, Pulse will reveal what the typical working day for a GP now looks like – including average patient contacts, and hours spent on clinical and admin work.

Safe working limits, as defined by GPs themselves, will be unveiled – and whether those levels are being breached.

Earlier this year Pulse asked GPs to record details of their day spent in practice on Monday 11 February.

The aim of capturing these details was to highlight conditions GPs are currently working under – and because this data is not available elsewhere.

Pulse also committed to using the findings to highlight to policymakers the full extent of workload pressures facing GPs.

For full coverage of all the results online – including analysis, opinion and regional trends – and to find out what GPs and commissioners have to say on the findings, check back here on Pulse Today on Wednesday 8 May.

Readers' comments (3)

  • oh I can't wait to see what the policy makers will say in response. I am imagining it will be along the lines of.
    Primary care and hard working GP's are the bed rock of the NHS and we are committed to them. We have already invested £(insert random number here) billion, and are recruiting (insert a more random number here) clinicians over the next (insert any number you want to here) years. You see everything is already sorted - so just don't worry your pretty little faces - just get back to work.

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  • It’s a slow landslide but will only be obvious to our unaware MPs and populace when the service collapses completely
    Can GPs sue the government for negligence and for damages for the harm to doctors
    What happened to the past threat of mass resignations?
    GPs future is in their own hands perhaps. Act don’t accept the misguided notion we are doing good. Is it perhaps better to have a real crisis to improve things or am I just burnt out?

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  • remember, there's never been a better time….

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