Rushed GP Consultations Putting Patients At Risk

Experts React To British Medical Association’s Findings


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Leading medical negligence specialists at Irwin Mitchell say that patients’ lives are at risk if GPs are being forced to carry out complex consultations in 10 minutes or under.

Patient care is being undermined by GPs being expected to see as many as 60 patients every day according to the British Medical Association.
The doctors’ union has called for more funding to allow GPs to spend at least 15 minutes with each patient.

They published a report on "safe working in general practice" earlier this month which called for a reorganisation and warned that GPs faced "unsustainable pressure" from increasing workload and staff shortages.

The NHS Choices website states that ‘GPs spend an average of 8-10 minutes with each patient’.

Rachelle Mahapatra, medical negligence expert at Irwin Mitchell believes something must be done to tackle this issue.

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Expert Opinion
“Inadequate time spent with a patient could lead to missed symptoms, misdiagnosis and in some cases long term preventable damage or even loss of life.

“If GPs have insufficient time with their patients to make a diagnosis then the treatment or referral may be incorrect and lead to a delay in diagnosis.

“We see the effects of late diagnosis in our work with clients and the impact on them and their family’s lives.

“Advising patients to plan ahead is fine but some cases can be complicated and you need time to understand the problem before a solution can be sort.

“We know that there is pressure on the NHS financially but mistakes can be life changing and if more funding is needed to increase the consultation time to 15 minutes then this must happen.

“The NHS must look at ways to tackle this as a priority.”
Rachelle Mahapatra, Partner