Accessing GP Services is a widely publicised and crucial issue throughout the country.
The IPSOS GP Patient Survey 2022 looked at the overall experience of making an appointment (for all age groups).
Nationally, 56% rated the experience as good vs 26% rating it bad. The figured gathered by Healthwatch Essex were 54% good vs 27% bad.
Looking specifically at ease of getting access to GPs via phone (85% of people trying to make an appointment try by phone), 53% of people nationally said it was easy (down from 68% in 2021). Healthwatch Essex figures were 48% for 2022 – 5% below the national average.
However, children and young people are a core demographic not specifically picked out and reported on in this data. What data there is, is statistically sound, but doesn’t include service users experience, their feelings or the impact.
Improving the health of Children and young people is one of the core principles of the HWE ICB’s constitution.Read the full report