Growing demand and underinvestment blamed for average wait of nearly 15 days
The average wait for a routine GP appointment in the UK has risen above two weeks for the first time, according to an annual survey of doctors.
The poll, for Pulse, found the average waiting time was almost 15 days. More than one in five of the 901 GPs who responded said the wait for a routine appointment exceeded three weeks, while more than one in 20 said it was more than four weeks.
In response, NHS England said the findings did not tally with official statistics.