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Inequality of access to the GP service

Liz Blamire

9th November 2022

Research carried out by the University of Cambridge for the BBC had shown that the most deprived areas have the fewest GPs.

The article - Poorer areas in England suffer most from GP shortage, study finds - discusses the unequal distribution of GP practices, as illustrated in this graphic:

The article also reveals that GP practices in the most deprived areas are more likely to have the worst CQC ratings of "inadequate" and "requires improvement" than those serving patients who live in the most affluent (wealthy) areas. This is linked to poorer patient satisfaction with the GP service in the most deprived areas, as illustrated in this graphic:

Liz Blamire

Liz is the current tutor2u subject lead for Health and Social Care. She is a former NHS midwife, who has worked in community, birth centre and acute hospital settings. Liz is an SSAT Accredited Lead Practitioner, who has taught Health and Social Care in FE and secondary schools, where she was a successful HOD. Liz is an experienced senior examiner and author.

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