Access to sexual health clinics is falling in UK
Prompt access to UK sexual health clinics has worsened over the past few years, according to researchers.
In January 2014, a team from Royal South Hants Hospital sent postal questionnaires to lead clinicians at all 248 Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinics in the UK.
A month later, researchers posing as patients with urgent and non-urgent needs rang 220 of the clinics to request appointments.
The process was repeated in 2015, with the addition of mystery shopper visits to one in four of the clinics.
British Association of Sexual Health and HIV standards set in 2010 recommend that 98% of patients should have appointments within 48 hours of making contact with the service.
The survey results show the proportion of clinicians that could meet...
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