In the Herald today:
GPS have warned that surgeries are facing a “perfect storm” as patients who are seeking pandemic-delayed appointments, flu vaccinations and mental health issues combine to drive a surge in consultations. One doctor said his practice in Glasgow’s south side had experienced an almost 70 per cent rise in patient numbers and that he had serious concerns the pattern would continue into winter.
GPs is repeated several times but only one actually features, Dr John Montgomery of the David Elder Medical Practice in Glasgow. Dr Montgomery has done a survey of the demand for appointments.
I see no sign of evidence, in the Herald report, for either a ‘perfect storm‘ or large numbers claiming they’ll ‘be pushed to breaking point.‘
Here’s some evidence about the situation facing GPs in Scotland:
Scotland seems to have more GPs per head than any other part of the UK. If we’ll be having a perfect storm what must they face?
And, based on a Scottish survey published in July 2019, we can see that while overall levels of satisfaction with the quality of the service offered by GPs did not differ significantly, it is in the ease of access that the Scottish system seems to be performing much better: