Doctors are finding their ability to assess patients is being compromised because they are unable to spend enough time with them, suggests new research by Aviva.
Over half of the GPs questioned say that they have less time to see their patients than they did five years ago. Worryingly, only 7% feel a lack of time with a patient does not affect their ability to do their job. While nine in ten feel that ideally they should take up to 20 minutes to see each patient, current practice is to schedule appointments for 10 minutes each, falling way short of the mark. This potentially dangerous situation is already making service standards suffer. Half say a lack of time with their patients definitely affects their ability to do their job and makes it harder for them to come to an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Hugh Laing at Aviva says,” Our research shows that GPs are over stretched and this can affect the quality of support they are able to offer their patients. There is no substitute for a thorough assessment by a qualified GP this is clearly not happening in many cases.”