11th May 2011
A third of GPs have said they are more likely to turn to private healthcare for their own treatment because of swingeing cuts within the NHS, a survey has shown.
Health magazine Pulse found that increased waiting times, staff cuts and budget cuts had affected the way which NHS doctors viewed the environment they worked in, with a larger amount than ever saying that they would be more likely to go private for treatment.
Just over a half of respondents, however, said the changes would not affect their inclination to use private healthcare.
Almost 6,000 people were questioned in the Pulse survey.
Dr Paul Silverton, a GP in Newmarket, Suffolk, told the news provider: "It is clear that we are seeing waiting times for surgery and services starting to increase and the recent changes in the NHS can only accelerate this trend."
Spire Healthcare commissioned a survey earlier in the year which found that an increasing number of GPs were likely to refer patients to private care, rather than join ever-growing NHS waiting lists.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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