There has been a few posts recently about GP access, and we are all jealous of jeanjeannie I know but thought I would do some digging around for stats on GPs and GP surgeries.
There is a nationwide survey, you can find it here
It has been running for a few years now and measures changes in patient views of their GPs, for example, 84.7% of patients say they can get an appointment when they want one (really?) but this has gone down over the last few years from 87.6%
I find that one really hard to swallow, so looked up my own practice, 97% say the last appointment they got was convinient....
To my knowledge they never asked me for the survey, 97%.... what have I done wrong then, or does my face/voice just not fit? Then look at the detail, 275 surveys sent out, and only 113 returned, so it would appear that only satisifed patients returned their surveys, at least that's my guess.
It's a pity that they do not breakdown the stats by geographical area, perhaps that would tell a story, but possibly more worrying, given the plethora of stories on here about GP experiences, and getting appointments, THESE are the stats that the government is using to make investment decisions.
Now I am worried.
OK statisticians and those of more brain than I, do tell me what I am missing.