‘Unmanageable’ GP workload putting patients at risk, says partnership review

Full story in Pulse, 2 October 2018

GP workload is rising to the point where it ‘verging on unmanageable’ and is in some regions of the country putting patients at risk, the chair of the Government’s GP partnership review has been told by the profession.

In his report published today on the interim findings from the review, independent chair Dr Nigel Watson said GPs had also told him they were regularly working 12 to 14-hour days, which he said was ‘not sustainable’.

He said his work over the past four months has revealed general practice and the partnership model is ‘fragile’, but reiterated that, despite workload and recruitment problems, ‘the partnership model is not dead’.