Places where HALF the GPs are failing: Best and worst areas for seeing a doctor are revealed - so how does YOUR area fare?
In some areas almost half of GPs have are inadequate or require improvement
Elsewhere 46 per cent have been given the highest rating of outstanding
The analysis by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) looked at inspection reports
By Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail and Stephen Matthews For Mailonline
Published: 00:10, 29 March 2017 | Updated: 10:28, 29 March 2017
The worst areas to live for seeing a GP are today exposed by an analysis of inspection reports.
It reveals how in some parts of England almost half of all surgeries have been rated inadequate or require improvement.
Elsewhere in the country, a staggering 46 per cent of practices have been given the highest rating of outstanding.
Here, MailOnline has created a full breakdown for each NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and their practices in England.
In some parts of England almost half of all surgeries have been rated inadequate or requires improvement (file picture)
BEST AREAS FOR GPS
% of GPs which are outstanding
Nottingham West 46.2%
Ashford, Kent 28.6%
Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire 27.3%
North Derbyshire 22.9%
North Tyneside 19.2%
Health bosses said the worst surgeries were clustered in areas which were extremely overcrowded and struggling to attract GPs.
These include East London and Essex where many practices are run by a single doctor nearing retirement working out of a few converted rooms of their house.
The analysis by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) looked at the inspection reports of 6,476 GP surgeries - the majority of the 7,700 in England.
WORST AREAS FOR GPS
% of GPs which are inadequate or require improvement
Havering, London 48.4%
Waltham Forest, London 37.1%
Thurrock, Essex 36.4%
Barking & Dagenham, Essex 34.5%
Mansfield & Ashfield, Notts. 31.8%
These had been undertaken by the Care Quality Commission watchdog and each practice has been given a rating of ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate.’
The HSJ then worked out which health trust – or Clinical Commissioning Group - had the highest number of poorly performing or good surgeries.
The worst is Havering in East London where a shocking 48.4 per cent of practices are either ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement.’
In nearby Waltham Forest, the proportion is 37.1 per cent, while it is only marginally better in Thurrock, in Essex, at 36.4 per cent.
Whilst my last GP retired and has not been replaced and my present one is getting to retirement I get excellent service last time I phoned at 9am got an appoinyment at 2pm same day .Had a long chat with him he ordered my antibiotics by computer and they were ready at the chemist as I walked home 10 minutes later.I do know a number of GPs however who are thinking of packing it in as they are at the surgery 8am and most days not home until 9pm and are now having to do weekends they are not able to keep the pace up.
The health service lost 445 full-time doctors from September to December
It exposes the 'deepening crisis' in surgeries struggling to meet demands
NHS boss Simon Stevens will unveil plans tomorrow to improve the service
The 'dreadful' figures have been slammed by a number of health experts
By Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:55, 30 March 2017 | Updated: 00:56, 30 March 2017
Almost 150 GPs are quitting the NHS every month despite a government pledge to hire 5,000 by 2020.
The health service lost 445 full-time doctors in the three months from September to December, figures revealed last night.
Experts said the fall exposed the ‘deepening crisis’ in surgeries that are struggling to meet the demands of the rising, ageing population.
NHS boss Simon Stevens is expected to unveil plans tomorrow to improve the health service, including proposals for surgeries to work more closely together to provide evening and weekend appointments.
But MPs and medical professionals say these plans are ‘light years away’ as the health service is so short of GPs.
Figures from NHS Digital show there were 34,050 full-time GPs in December 2016, down from 34,495 in September 2016 – a drop of 1.3 per cent.
The data only goes back to September 2015 – before then it was collected differently – when there were 34,592 full-time GPs.
NHS boss Simon Stevens is expected to unveil plans tomorrow to improve the health service
The drop in numbers comes amid widespread demoralisation over increasing workloads and bureaucracy. Many doctors leave the NHS for private practice or jobs overseas, and some quit the profession altogether.
Well I owe the Nurse Practitioner at my GP surgery my life and in the past various GP's when I was struck down with repeated Bronchitis attacks as a kid.
Now we are losing GP's and our wonderful administration aims to increase the population of the borough by circa 75,000 in the next 20 years how is our current health infrastructure going to cope?
If its creaking now it will be in meltdown by then for sure.