What is the UK view on how their NHS is doing? The BBC reported on 6th January 2015 that, " ...the NHS in England has just posted it worst performance in a decade...So why are things deteriorating? The quick answer - and the one that was pointed out repeatedly in the past few weeks - is that attendances are going up across the UK...A recent BMA survey found three quarters of doctors said their caseload was "unsustainable" - and that seems to have started impacting on patients, as latest data from the official NHS England patient survey shows they are finding it more difficult to get an appointment. If GPs are unable to keep pace with demand, the obvious place patients turn to is A&E."
In an article in the Independent in October 2014, a UK GP said, " 'General practice is already under a lot of stress and I’m not sure there is room to do more without dealing with the current issues. The rot has to stop before promising anything else.' The 'rot' he refers to is a triple crisis for England’s GPs: workforce, workload and funding. Despite the fact that 90 per cent of the interactions patients have with the NHS take place in a GP practice, the GP sector receive only 8 per cent of NHS cash: an historic low...Many GP training places are not being filled because of a perception that the job is unglamorous and, increasingly, a lot of hard work – the reward for which is blame, from politicians and the media, for all the ills of the NHS. Older GPs are retiring in droves or, like Dr Kasaraneni’s colleagues, swapping the NHS for better working hours and more time with patients in Canada, Australia and New Zealand...In inner city areas, dozens of practices have been threatened with closure this year because of changes to the GP funding formula, which critics say have discriminated against practices serving poorer patients...'General practice is at a breaking point, we are struggling. That doesn’t mean this is the maximum we can do,' he said. 'We can do a hell of a lot more but only if there is the will to deliver us the right tools and the finances to do it.' "