Doctor slams South Yorkshire GP services

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni has criticised GP provisions in South Yorkshire
Dr Krishna Kasaraneni has criticised GP provisions in South Yorkshire
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A South Yorkshire doctor has slammed GP provisions and called on the Government to pump more resources into general practice in areas like Sheffield.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, a 33-year-old GP, said: “At my practice, three partners and one GP have recently resigned due to reasons including increasing work pressures and disillusionment with the NHS.

“It’s time that politicians recognise the challenges facing general practice and accept we need more GPs, more practice staff, and better premises that are fit for purpose so we can deliver the care our patients deserve.”

Dr Kasaraneni, a GP at Crown Street Surgery in Swinton, Rotherham, said more needs to be done to help people with chronic conditions and improve non-emergency appointment waiting times.

He added: “Patients are living longer and they have more chronic conditions. We need more resources and we need more GPs.

“Routine appointment times used to be within a week and now it has become four weeks. You won’t find a GP anywhere in South Yorkshire who says their workload has decreased or their funding increased.

“They can increase GP numbers if we make GP practice attractive to young doctors - at the moment it’s not.”

Karen Curran, head of primary care for NHS England, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said: “We are committed to ensuring patients have access to high quality, timely patient care, and GP practices in the region continue to work hard to ensure their patients are seen in appropriate timescales.

“In the latest GP Patient Survey results for South Yorkshire, 86 per cent of patients said their overall experience of GP services was good.”