First thing today and several times throughout the day, you’ll see:
GP service across the country are reaching tipping point and it’s putting patients at risk. That’s the warning from ‘doctors‘. It comes as a survey of general practice by the British Medical Association (trade union) show more than 80% ‘of those who responded‘ said demand was exceeding capacity, with over a third of practices reporting at least one vacancy. Almost half ‘of GP surgeries‘ took part in the research.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone
This is a regular repeat story from the GP’s trade union, the BMA, with another of their unreliable surveys presented uncritically by our MSM.
The website gives it the same headline status:
The key concern here, as in previous years, is in the phrase above ‘of those who responded.’
This tells us, one, that this is a survey where the results are based not on a representative scientific sample but on simply those who could be bothered or who were likely to respond negatively. It’s a ‘squeaky wheel‘ survey which schoolboys and other youngsters would know to reject.
You have to dig deep into the BMA documentation to find the sample size – 24%, down from 27% the previous year.
That’s why they’ve reported in the media the ‘Almost half ‘of GP surgeries‘ took part in the research’ claim, instead.
That fall, in the response rate, in itself, tells you that they’re less concerned than they were, not more so.
That 24% response rate tells you that it was only 20% ‘of all GPs‘ said demand was exceeding capacity
A similar division by 4 applies to all their other data.
Finally, as for the ‘aren’t enough‘ claim, see this: