During the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHS encouraged GP practices in England to implement a 'total triage' model which made it difficult at best, but often impossible, for patients to access their GP surgery.
While it was understandable that GP practices sought to discourage unnecessary in-person appointments, now that more than 90% of people over 40 having been vaccinated, GP practices need urgently to open their doors once again to face to face appointments and other services. The fact that you can go in person to the cinema or to the pub, but not get an appointment to see you GP, is illogical and dangerous.
The pandemic has meant that millions of people have been discouraged or refused requests to visit their GP at all, leaving vast numbers exposed unnecessarily to disease, illness and even death.
While the 'total triage' advice has recently changed, we want the Government to be unequivocal and urgent in its requirement for GP practices to open their doors for business as usual. We know there will doubtless be increased waiting times for face to face appointments, but it is vital that practices get back to normal as quickly as possible.
The public is widely behind this campaign. Exclusive Savanta ComRes polling for Let Me See My GP shows that more than seven in ten (71%) of the public want GP practices to reopen to see patients face to face "immediately". This rises to fully 85% of those over-65, in other words the group most likely to need GP services.
Please sign our petition and donate to our campaign so that we can maintain pressure on the Government to urge GPs back to seeing patients once again.