Family doctors in crisis
UK Family doctors are seeing up to 60 patients a day and working round the clock in order to meet growing demand with less funding, The Telegraph reports. Maureen Baker, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said the situation in general practice is the worst she has known in 30 years as a practising doctor. Writing in the British Journal of General Practice she said that funding for family doctor services has dropped in cash terms for the few last years and will probably have dropped again in 2014. However between 2008 and 2012 the number of consultations carried out by GPs in England had risen from 300m to 340m. "We are doing more with less," she told the Daily Telegraph.