Accident and Emergency Departments: General Practitioners

Department of Health written question – answered on 7th July 2015.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of ease of access to GPs on attendances at A&E departments.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Urgent and Emergency Care Review identified a number of factors that impact on accident and emergency (A&E) attendances, which can include local access to general practitioners (GPs).

According to the latest GP Patient Survey results, published on 2 July 2015, 85.2% of patients were able to get an appointment with a GP or nurse at their surgery. 91.8% of those were able to get an appointment convenient to them. Of the 10.9% who reported that they could not get an appointment and the 8.2% who could not get an appointment that was convenient, 9.9% went to A&E or a walk-in centre.

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