According to BBC Scotland News today:
‘Patients should get appointments with GPs lasting at least 15 minutes rather than 10, according to the Royal College of GPs. In a report, it warns nearly 40% of GPs in Scotland feel overwhelmed by their workload at least once a week.’
Neither the report by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Fit for the future: a vision for general practice. May 2019. https://www.rcgp.org.uk/-/media/Files/News/2019/RCGP-fit-for-the-future-report-may-2019.ashx?la=en. nor its compendium of evidence contain any such phrase. The word ‘overwhelmed’ does not appear at all and the word ‘workload’ is never associated with ‘Scotland’ or indeed with any figure but, in the BBC report (only), we see this:
‘RCGP Scotland chairwoman Dr Carey Lunan said: “Nearly 40% of GPs report that they feel so overwhelmed by their daily tasks that they feel they cannot cope at least once per week.’
The claim seems to be based entirely on an interview with Dr Lunan. We do not know whether she refers to the whole sample or to some Scottish sub-set available to her. Neither the report nor the compendium of evidence provides any raw data broken down into a Scottish sub-set. There is, of course, no methodology offered.
Perhaps there is another report, unspecified by the BBC or by Dr Lunan. I’d be happy to see and consider it, especially its methodology, but the RCGP only seem to have this one.
Scotland is mentioned in the report but only in positive sense. See these:
Page 8: In Scotland, 83% of people rate the overall care provided by their GP practice positively.
Page 27: Scotland: Numbers of nurses increased by 7% between 2009–17, whilst the number of health support workers (HSW) has increased by 37% from 2013–17. Other health staff most commonly working in practices are pharmacists, health visitors and midwives.
Page 41: Regular telephone/VC case conferences with speciality consultant colleagues at our main referring hospital and our GPs has vastly improved both our confidence in complex case management and reduced hugely ꢁme consuming (due to great distance) hospital appointments. It has also ensured referrals made are more appropriate.
There are no negative comments regarding GPs and their workloads anywhere in the 60 pages of the Compendium of Evidence.