GPs report sharp rise in drug shortages driving up workload

26 February 2019 – GP Online

Of 586 GPs who took part in a poll for GPonline, 87% had seen a rise in medicines they normally prescribe becoming unavailable in the past year. Among 190 GP partners who responded, this figure rose to 97%.

Medicine shortages have had a clear impact on workload, with 31% of GPs saying they spend an hour or more each week dealing with the effects of medicines shortages – potentially writing new prescriptions or carrying out follow-up appointments. A total of 7% of all GPs – and 11% of partners – reported that medicines shortages added two hours or more to their working week.


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