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Pleasing findings of GP survey

The Manx public is generally happy with the access it has to its GPs, according to the recent findings of a DHSS survey.

Of those surveyed, 93% said they were satisfied with both the telephone advice they received and the ability to book an appointment with a specificied GP.

Eighty-seven per cent were satisfied they could get an appointment with a doctor within 48 hours and 86% said they were similarly impressed they were able to get an appointment for more than two days ahead.

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The DHSS says the results compare favourably with a similar United Kingdom survey, with results between one and eleven per cent higher.

Health Minister Eddie Teare is pleased with both the level of response - 53% of those asked replied - and satisfaction.

He says the information gathered will be assessed in conjunction with GP practices to find out how and where access can be improved.

The survey will be repeated early next year with questionnaires going to a number of randomly selected patients on the Island.

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