General practitioners have not been able to provide the care they wanted since the outbreak of the coronapandemic. This is evidenced by a survey of the Dutch General Practitioners Association (LHV) among 1600 general practitioners. They also fear extra crowds in the autumn.
During the peak of the corona outbreak, as well as in the subsequent period, general practitioners did not feel able to help all their patients well. Some patients remained out of practice because of fear of the virus and the corona measures did not allow doctors to see many patients physically. For example, they had to treat patients over the phone or with image bubbles.
General practitioners are particularly concerned about the consequences this has for the elderly and vulnerable patients. Doctors note far fewer visits, which are important to keep vulnerable elderly people with certain conditions in the spotlight.
General practitioners were most dissatisfied with not being able to provide proper care, the availability of personal protective equipment and the provision of information from GGD, RIVM and the Ministry of Health. They gave their work a 5.9 in the peak period and a 6.4 in the subsequent period.
Busy autumn expected
According to the LHV, the amount of care provided by general practitioners is not yet at the normal level. General practitioners now see that patients are catching up with GP care. In combination with the usual bustle in the autumn and the second corona wave, general practitioners expect extra pressure in autumn.
They therefore call on everyone to adhere to the corona measures as much as possible, so that regular care remains accessible to all.