A&E attendances up, GP appointment waiting times up: action for Integrated Care Systems

A&E attendances up, GP appointment waiting times up: action for Integrated Care Systems
Jul 15th 2019

NHS England’s publication of the annual GP Patient Survey results on 11th July provides another data source that reinforces a picture of increasing waiting times for GP appointments, more patients choosing to deflect from General Practice to A&E, and A&E attendances rising. However, while the national picture is troubling, the local picture shows much more variation, with some localities showing an improved picture in primary care. The attached article examines the evidence both nationally and locally, and shows what actions Integrated Care Systems and Primary Care Networks can take in response.