Winter / Spring 2016
Access to Appointments
There continues to be a very high demand for G.P. and Nurse Practitioner appointments, a dilemma that is not only acute in Chesterfield but across England generally. The reasons for this Nationally may be briefly summarised as follows:
- The difficulties in recruiting G.P.s – due to this now being less of a chosen career path; a situation which is exacerbated by Government pressures to opening seven days a week plus extended weekday opening hours.
- There are fewer G.P. s in training, but those that are face an additional year to their curriculum.
- There is no additional Government funding.
- Ageing population with longer life expectancy.
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