GPs' work growing more complex

GPs are spending less time doing clinical work than a decade ago but are facing a more complex patient load, a national snapshot of general practice reveals.

The average number of hours involved in direct patient care decreased from 41 hours in 2003/04 to 38 in 2012/13, according to the University of Sydney's BEACH study.

However, GPs were now managing 155 problems for every 100 patient encounters, up from 146