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Martin Clunes in despair over dwindling time GPs spend with patients

Martin Clunes in despair over dwindling time GPs spend with patients as doctors’ shortage continues to bite

  • Martin Clunes, 57, says doctors are not spending enough time with patients
  • The actor has played a bad-tempered GP in ITV’s Doc Martin for 15 years
  • He said when his daughter was young his own GP spent time speaking to them 

Martin Clunes has warned that doctors no longer spend enough time with patients.

The actor, 57, has played a bad-tempered GP in ITV’s Doc Martin for 15 years.

He said that when his daughter was young, his own GP took time to speak to them. 

‘There’s this terrible thing about doctors not having time with patients,’ Clunes, pictured, told Radio Times. 

Martin Clunes, 57, says doctors are not spending enough time talking to their patients

‘When my daughter was two, it was the first time that the MMR debate flared up. People were saying, “This gives your child autism”.

‘He’s retired now, but Dr Goodheart at our GP surgery gave us half an hour of his time and spoke to us.’

The standard length of a doctor’s appointment is ten minutes but with a major shortage of GPs, staff already struggle to hit that target. 

The standard length of a doctor’s appointment is ten minutes but with a major shortage of GPs, staff already struggle to hit that target (file image)

The standard length of a doctor’s appointment is ten minutes but with a major shortage of GPs, staff already struggle to hit that target (file image)

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