Access to general practice
Patient access to general practice: Ideas and challenges from the front line
Across the UK, GP practices are pioneering new approaches to providing patients with access to their services, despite the huge financial and workload pressures facing general practice. The RCGP has produced a paper exploring some of the initiatives being tested and looks at what solutions and challenges are emerging.
Read Patient access to general practice: Ideas and challenges from the front line [PDF]
A central theme of the paper is that whilst reducing waiting times for a GP appointment must be a priority for politicians and the incoming government, this must not be delivered at the expense of other GP services, including the long-term care provided to patients with chronic and multiple health problems.
The paper focuses largely on in-hours access, and should be read alongside the College's policy work on Out of hours care.