poll of 201 GPs conducted on behalf of Reform. Key results:
- 79 per cent of GPs believe patients should be able to top-up their NHS care with private treatment. Only 18 per cent support the current system where patients must pay for all their care themselves if they choose to pay extra for a drug or treatment.
- 63 per cent of GPs feel the current regulatory framework hinders their ability to make the best decision in the interests of patients, with only 5 per cent believing it helps.
- 97 per cent of GPs say the degree of bureaucracy within the NHS has “increased a lot” or has “increased somewhat” since they qualified.
- 58 per cent believe the degree of bureaucracy increased most within the last 5 years. This would coincide with the new GMS contract (which introduced the QOF) that was negotiated in 2003 and introduced in April 2004.
- 48 per cent support the current, solely tax-payer funded system; whereas 45 per cent support moving to a more continental, compulsory health insurance model.
- 60 per cent of GPs rate their overall satisfaction of working within the NHS as either “low” or “very low”. This compares to slightly over a third (36 per cent) who rate it as high.
- 74 per cent say their satisfaction level had dropped since they qualified as a GP.
- Only 13 per cent of GPs are satisfied with the way their profession is currently led, with 80 per cent feeling better leadership is required.