A recent BMA survey suggests patient safety is at risk due to GP’s dealing with an unmanageable amount of work.

The survey found that that 57% of family doctors, better known as GP’s find their workload unmanageable whilst another 27% find the workload excessive, which can effect patient safety.

The survey looked at 5,025 GP’s who believed the enormous amount of work prevented them from offering high- quality and safe care the patients at times. Doctors in the South East and West Midlands both showed a 86% high in regards to the effects of an unmanageable workload.

Figures indicate that only 10% of GP’s who were surveyed throughout England said they found their workload was manageable which enabled them to offer their patients the care that they entitled to, which is safe and of a high quality.

Officials at BMA state that contracting budgets and staff shortages are leaving GP’s unable to deliver enough appointments and a level of specialist care which is required by patients. They claim that in order to tackle the number of problems they are faced with, a clear strategy has to be outlined. Officials call for an urgent expansion of workforce in both practices and community-based teams. They claim that better information need to be given to patients about self-care and larger funding for general practices are also needed.

The survey brought to light the indication from GP’s at a 64% of GP’s requesting more community nursing for housebound patients as well as 59% asking for more help for patients so they are able to manage conditions themselves and 53% believe more mental health workers are needed within the community to help patients.

Repeated calls have been made by the Royal Collage of GP’s for more staffing and money to be given to practices to ease the pain of the workload. They believe that as patients are now living longer than before the conditions are now becomes more long-term and complex and so more strain is put on services and volume of workload increase.

The department of health have said that for these very reasons they are investing in primary care to relieve pressure on front-line staff such as GP’s which in effect will improve patient safety.

Patient safety and experience is the number one care point to any GP practise. There is no need for patient safety and care to be diluted as technology today can ease professionals and allow them to concentrate on whats more important, patients. The automation of data collection can aid GP’s in their daily lives as the paper overload will be decrease by the use of automated data collection. DCC have had many years of expertise in managing healthcare data through the capabilities of automation, which eliminates manual entry and increases the accuracy of incident forms that are inputted in a system. this creates less error and is more effective.