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Saturday, 30 April 2005 10:27
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
GPs main concern is reducing red tape
According to a survey by market information group TNS GPs main concern is reducing red tape in which they feel needs to be addressed by the next government.

While the MRSA superbug has been the main issue in the parties’ election pledges, 4% of doctors said that improving hospital hygiene and cutting infection rates was "the biggest problem facing the NHS".

28% the largest proportion of GPs said cutting bureaucracy and red tape was the main issue facing the NHS, with 24% quarter of more than 200 GPs questioned by TNS said that the recruitment and retention of doctors and nurses was a key issue for the NHS. Followed by 15% who were concerned about hospital waiting lists and 14% who said they wanted more local control over how NHS budgets were spent.

The research found that 34% of GPs felt that the Conservatives' views on the future of the NHS most accurately represented their own, compared to 19% who said Labour and 15% who said Liberal Democrat. 26% said they did not know. 27% of GPs said they would trust the Tories to deliver on their promises if elected. 21% trusted Labour to deliver on their health promises, while 9% trusted the Lib Dems.

Linda Alstead, commercial director at TNS Healthcare, said: "There is a clear disconnect between politicians' views on what should be addressed in the NHS to win public favour and GPs views on where healthcare resource should be targeted.

"While infection rates have been a major focus for all key parties in the run up to the election, it is evident that GPs feel red tape and staff recruitment are much more pressing issues which the next government needs to consider”.

Ms Alstead added: "It is clear that GPs are more likely to support the Conservative Party's healthcare policies and NHS plans and feel that it is the most likely of all the political parties to deliver on its promises.

"This is probably simply a reflection of the socio-economic groups to which GPs belong rather than any other factor”.


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