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Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP

Forty per cent of people say that having to talk through their symptoms with doctors’ receptionists could put them off going to their GP and prevent early diagnosis of serious illness, according to the Journal of Public Health.

In a survey of almost 2,000 people in Great Britain, the most commonly perceived barriers to seeing a GP were finding it difficult to get an appointment with a particular doctor (42%), or at a convenient time (42%), and disliking having to talk to GP receptionists about symptoms (40%).