GP surgeries are no longer the part of the NHS that the public are most satisfied with [Image: Anthony Devlin/PA/Twitter].

This is another clear indictment against Jeremy Hunt and his policy of running the NHS down to such a level that the public might actually vote against its own interests, in favour of privatising the service completely.

Mr Hunt won a humanitarian award for his work on the NHS just last weekend – although I understand that he was responsible for arranging the awards ceremony, so the legitimacy of that award is doubly questionable.

Public satisfaction with GP services has fallen to the lowest level in 30 years and dissatisfaction with the NHS overall has reached its highest level for a decade, according to authoritative polling.

Voters are increasingly concerned about staff shortages in the NHS, long waits to receive care and the amount of money given to health services. The research findings are from the latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey into people’s opinions about the NHS, collected by the National Centre for Social Research.

Only 65% of the representative sample of 3,004 people in England, Scotland and Wales questioned last autumn were satisfied with GP services, the lowest percentage since records began in 1983. That is sharply down on the 80% satisfaction rating seen as recently as 2009. Satisfaction fell by 7% between 2016 and 2017 alone in what experts said reflected public frustration at the increasing difficulty in getting a timely GP appointment.

Source: Satisfaction with GPs at lowest level for 30 years, survey finds | Society | The Guardian


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