Scottish patients have far better access to GPs than those in England

In the Guardian today, we read of serious and worsening problems in access to GPs in England:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/11/nhs-patients-struggle-to-see-gp-or-contact-surgery-by-phone

Based on this 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:

 

https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/statistics/2018/04/health-care-experience-survey-2017-18-national-results/documents/00534419-pdf/00534419-pdf/govscot%3Adocument/00534419.pdf

Though the questions are worded differently, we can see that 87% of Scots ‘finding it easy to contact their GP practice in the way that they want to’ is much better than only 67.4% ‘whose experience of making an appointment was ‘good’.’

We can perhaps link this difference to the higher number of GPs per head of population in Scotland. See:

https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/news-item/is-the-number-of-gps-falling-across-the-uk#the-headline-trend-in-gp-numbers

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