The British Medical Association say patients’ lives are being put at risk as GP’s are forced to discuss and diagnose complex issues in minimal time.
The restraint in time for a consultation was described by the doctors union as undermining patient care as GP’s are forced to see nearly 60 patients a day. This debate indicates a need for more funding which will enable GP’s to spend at minimum 15 minutes with each patient.
Although there is no limit on the length of appointment times set by NHS England, the NHS choices website states GP’s spend on average between 8-10 minutes with each patient. They also recommend that patients plan ahead of time any concerns they would like to discuss with their GP in order to save time.
A report published by the BMA brought to light the unsustainable pressures GP’s have to face with increasing workloads and staff shortages, calling for a re-organisation in the working organism.
It is important in professions delivering care to reflect on the challenges staff are faced with. Studies are an informational and interesting way of addressing issues as they bring to the surface problems and flaws in the system.
Doctors face many different hurdles now days with the ever increasing ageing population in the UK. One of the flip sides is the positive outcome and advancement in medication that has helped create the ageing population and increased population. However, managing the increase calls for a more detailed level of care, as many more patients now go to the their GP’s with more complex and chronic issues.
The BMI study has aided in sparking conversation in order to better the work flow for doctors. This shows how studies and data can be beneficial to indicate how systems need to change. The insight gained by a study like this allows for professionals to present the issues of what’s happening around them and the unsafe working ethics that they are faced with on a daily basis.
DCC work closely with many different types of organisations collecting data and turning it into useful information to enable change to be implemented to better systems. Not only does this befit the work flow of an organisation, but it also betters the outcome resulting in more patient care and involvement.