Better access to GPs a top priority for patients in Wales

As reported by the South Wales Argus, new research shows that access to and flexibility of GPs is a top priority for patients in Wales

New research has found that better access to GPs is a priority for patients in Wales.

The study was commissioned by the Welsh government and identified that what the country’s patients want most is flexible GP opening hours and more information about what constitutes urgent and non-urgent appointments.

Health minister, Vaughan Gething, said the research will help inform the Welsh government’s efforts in improving access to GP services.

He said: “We recently published a new set of standards for GP services and are providing an extra £13m to help GP surgeries deliver them.

“It is clear from the research the public recognises the pressure on our hard-working GPs and the need for everyone to Choose Well when considering what treatment they need.

“However there is work to be done to help people make appointments and to see a GP or appropriate healthcare professional at a convenient time.

“With some small changes and better use of technology we can resolve many of these issues.

“We are introducing new standards and trialling new ways of working, including extended opening hours.

“There are many excellent examples of best practice among GP surgeries across Wales and our new standards are based on these.

“We have agreed a way forward with GPs in the new contract and I look forward to working with them to see these changes put in place.”

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