18th March 2015
Access to primary care services including GPs, dentists and opticians is the public’s number one health concern, according to the local Healthwatch network*
A study of 550 GP practices and feedback collected from 11,000 patients reveals that, despite overall satisfaction with primary care being high, there are significant issues for some – particularly for those who are deaf, blind or use a wheelchair**
Local Healthwatch reports reveal stories of relatives carrying family members up stairs and a 5-year-old girl translating between a GP and her deaf mother
According to the latest GP Patient Survey, 85 per cent of people say they are satisfied with their family doctor and 84 per cent say the same about their local dentist services.*** Yet studies conducted by 55 local Healthwatch from all around the country suggest that there are significant issues of concern for some groups of people, particularly for those with hearing, visual and mobility impairments.
……Read the report for the rest.