Doctors warned delays exposed by NHS research would make illnesses more costly to treat
One in five patients now has to wait at least 15 days to see a GP in England, NHS figures have revealed.
Just under 5m of the 27.1m appointments at GPs’ surgeries in October involved waiting anywhere between 15 and 28 or more days to see a doctor or practice nurse. That was almost one in five (18.3%) of the total consultations available, NHS Digital figures showed.
The publication of the figures – the first of their kind ever issued by the NHS – have prompted renewed concern about how the rising demand for care and shortage of GPs are forcing patients to wait much longer than before for an appointment.