By Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline
Published: 00:02 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 00:02 BST, 14 August 2019
The vast majority of Britons believe A&E units are being abused by patients with minor ailments, a poll suggests.
A National Centre for Social Research survey quizzed almost 3,000 people about their thoughts towards emergency care.
The results, which come amid an NHS crisis, found 86 per cent of people agreed too many people unnecessarily use casualty units.
NHS figures last week revealed more people than ever went to A&E in England in July, making it the busiest month on record.
The results, which come amid an NHS crisis, found 86 per cent of people agreed too many people unnecessarily use casualty units
People went to emergency rooms a record 2,266,913 times in July – 160,000 more visits than in June and around 90,000 more than the previous high.
The poll also found around half of the population - 51 per cent - say it is too hard to get an appointment to see their GP.
A tenth of adults quizzed admitted they have little confidence in GPs, amid a workforce crisis that has seen waiting times spiral to an all-time high.
Parents with children under five are the most likely to have used an A&E in the last year, and to think it is hard to get a GP appointment.
The average wait in England has increased by two days in the past two years to 14.8 days, research by Pulse magazine found earlier this week.
Further results of the NCSR survey showed 17 per cent prefer A&E to visiting their GP because they can get tests done quickly.
The UK's GP crisis is an ongoing issue in which family doctors are struggling to cope with workloads getting bigger while the number of staff is shrinking.
A record 138 surgeries closed down in England last year, at a rate of two per week, affecting more than 500,000 patients.
The population of the UK is growing gradually older as people live longer, and there are more and more people living for a long-time with complex