Easy access to GPs key to quality care

Quality of care is best in general practices to which patients feel they have easy access, a report by a UK thinktank has concluded.

The analysis of over 8000 practices found indicators of clinical quality correlated strongly with those of patient experience — chiefly access to care, followed by cleanliness and information provision.

Higher-quality care is likely to stem from the better attendance rates, continuity of care, compliance and communication that follows from practice accessibility, the