The results of the first two quarterly collections of the 2009-10 Ipsos MORI GP Patient Survey have been published today (17 December 2009).
Since April 2009, the GP Patient Survey has been running as a quarterly survey, with questionnaires being mailed out quarterly to around 1.4 million adults who are registered with a GP in England.
The Department of Health (DH) has advised against making direct comparisons to the results for 2008-09, which were published in June, because the latest results are only for half a year.
In addition, it says changes in results could be due to changes in the time of year that data that have been collected. Once quarterly data have been collected for more than one year, says the DH, this will allow for a clearer idea of seasonality in result.
The key latest results are:
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