We are calling on all GPs to tell us how many hour they have worked on 1 March 2021 to allow us to counter the dangerous narrative that general practice is closed.
Our first survey, in 2019, was answered by 1,700 GPs. It showed more than half of GPs felt they were working at unsafe levels, on average completing 11-hour days and dealing with a third more patients than they believed they should be.
The first GP workload had some impact – it was featured in a Panorama documentary, and was even raised at Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament. But we know that more awareness needs to be raised. Especially considering how much of the media has led people to believe that GPs are not seeing patients face to face.
Today, we are urging you to repeat this – by taking part here.
We are asking about the number of hours worked, the number of patient contacts GPs have had, clinical complexity of appointments and how workload compares with before the pandemic.
Pulse is capturing these details to highlight conditions GPs are currently working under – and because this data is not available elsewhere.
Two years on from our survey, GP leaders are warning that as the profession has had to move to more remote consultations levels of work have remained high, while GPs have also taken on the Covid vaccination programme.