Almost one in two (47%) general practitioners have said they can "no longer guarantee safe care" for their patients, a recent poll has shown.
General practices recieve less than 10% of the NHS budget
The poll, conducted by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) found that family doctors were under ‘overwhelming pressure’ and could not promise to provide safe treatment for patients.
Over 250 doctors were questioned about their profession and work environment and large majority (85%) of those believed that general practice was “in crisis”.
A spokesman from England NHS said: "We recognise that the way primary care is delivered is changing and that a complex range of factors are causing pressures on GP services.
"We want to explore with the profession how we can best enable GP practices to continue to provide a quality service and we look forward to working with the RCGP to identify how best to achieve these goals.”
The college reports that the NHS only distributes 9% of their budget to GPs despite caring for 90% of patients.
Clare Gerada, chairwomen of the RCGP, believes drastic change must happen and urged for health officials to increase the general practice budget.
"The results of this poll show that general practice is in a state of crisis and that urgent action must be taken to restore the ability of our family doctors to deliver safe patient care for all," she said.
The poll also found that nearly all of those questioned (93%) thought that working in general practices was more stressful than five years ago.
The news follows the latest story from Wales NHS which reported that the number of patients waiting over 36 weeks for treatment was on the rise.
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