Concerns among GPs about second corona wave


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GPs are very concerned about the continuity of GP care in the coming months. They are dissatisfied with the care they are now providing.

This is evident from a survey by the National General Practitioners Association (LHV), conducted among 1600 general practitioners.

Concerns about vulnerable patients, the increasing workload, the own team and dropout due to cold symptoms are commonplace, the poll shows. It is complicated to combine regular general practitioner care with the often intensive care for corona patients, many of whom are at home, is a frequently made comment.

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LHV chairman Ella Kalsbeek calls for GPs and their teams to be tested more quickly. In the meantime, healthcare personnel have been given priority on corona tests, but that alone is not enough, according to Kalsbeek, because it often takes a long time for the results to be obtained. As a result, GP practices sometimes have to be closed completely.

A catch-up is currently underway: patients who postponed a visit to the doctor during the first corona wave, now go to the doctor with their complaints. “In combination with the usual crowds in the autumn, the new pneumococcal vaccination, the complicated logistics surrounding the flu shot and the feared second wave of the covid-19 outbreak, GPs expect an extra busy period,” the LHV notes.


In the survey, GPs indicate that they are dissatisfied with the way in which they were able to practice their profession during the first corona wave and that they have generally not worked well in recent months. Consultations could often not take place physically or there was less time for certain care. GPs have also been able to spend less time on contact with and social visits to the elderly and the socially disadvantaged.

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Video calling and e-consultations have been used on a large scale; GPs expect to continue to do so. Most GPs have recently extended physical consultations from ten to twenty minutes and expect this to continue. More time for a patient is needed because care questions are often complex. Patients can also avoid each other better during consultation hours.

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