The FT has reported today that:
Rich and poor people in England receive different standards of care from the UK’s universal free health service, with some poorer communities being “left behind” when accessing GP services, according to data analysed for the Financial Times.
This is their data, as they summarise it:
And the explanation is not hard to find:
As I would also add, based on personal knowledge, once the second trend is in place it becomes increasingly hard to recruit because workloads are so much higher for those GPs who do work in such places.
What to do?
Differential pay would be a start. I can see no reason why not. It would only reflect workload.