Public concern about the NHS soars as delays accessing A&E and GP services rise

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March 7, 2024 - PRLog -- A series of new official figures from the Government's own Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows public confidence in the NHS is faltering in the wake of increased Accident & Emergency (A&E) waiting times and difficulties accessing GP surgeries.

The new data reveals a shocking 88% of Brits say the state of the NHS is one of the most important issues we face today. That's as high as their concern over the cost of living, and significantly higher than worries over the economy (75%), immigration (56%) or climate change (62%).

The reason for their concern about the NHS isn't hard to identify. Separate reports from the ONS reveal the percentage of A&E attendances waiting longer than four hours in England increased from 8.1% in January 2013 to 42.4% in September 2023. And its latest figures, from 14-25 February 2024, reveal 37% of patients who attempted to contact their doctor found it difficult or very difficult to make contact with their GP practice.

Dr Avinash Hari Narayanan (MBChB), Clinical Lead at London Medical Laboratory, says: 'As easy access to some vital NHS services falters, there is little wonder that public confidence is falling. In fact, concern over the NHS is growing rapidly, up from 84% a month ago to 88% now. That's a big jump. More alarmingly, February was the first month since the survey began two years ago that the state of the NHS caused the same level of concern as the cost of living.

'Further ONS data also reveals that 32% of Brits assessed their average health as only fair, bad or very bad. In all, 67% felt their health was good/very good, down 10% from when the question was first asked in March 2020 – and that was when the Covid-19 crisis was escalating.

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