At least one in seven GP surgeries is failing to meet the minimum standards of the NHS trusts, according to a survey published today. More than 1,000 GPs’ premises are termed unfit for purpose, and the state of surgeries is worsening at a time when the government is set on moving services from hospitals and into the community.
The survey by Pulse, the newspaper for GPs, asked primary care trusts, local health boards, and NHS boards, to say how many of their GPs’ premises were below the set minimum standard. Figures were gathered from 175 of the 343 primary care organisations in Britain.
More than 1,000 GP surgeries are sub-standard