More Welsh people are consulting their GP, survey finds

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23rd June 2015 13:14 - Health

A survey on behalf of the Welsh government has revealed that there has been an increment in the number of respondents who went to see More Welsh people are consulting their GP, survey findstheir GP in the two weeks prior to being questioned.

In the Welsh Health Survey 2014, 21 per cent of the respondents said that they had been to speak to their GP, an increased figure from 2013’s 17 per cent.

The survey also revealed that 9 per cent of the 14,000 adults in the survey had been admitted to hospital as an inpatient in 2014. As well as this, 32 per cent said that they had been to hospital as an outpatient during the same year - the same amount as the 2013 survey.

The Welsh Health Survey 2014 questioned 14,000 adults and 3,000 children and also found that smoking is at its lowest recorded level, with just 20 per cent of adults saying that they currently smoke. This represents a decrease of 1 per cent since 2013 and 6 per cent since 2003/04.

The Welsh Government aims to decrease the number of smokers by 16 per cent by 2020.

As well as smoking, drinking and binge drinking has also fallen to the lowest reported level, with the number of adults drinking above the recommended guidelines on at least one day in the past week falling by 2 per cent in 2014, from 42 per cent in 2013.

The survey discovered the level of obesity has not increased in the last two years.

Of the adults in the survey 31 per cent said that they were physically active on 5 or more days in the week prior to being surveyed.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Ruth Hussey, said of the findings:

“While I take encouragement in the gradual improvement seen in our nation’s health, the reality is that too many of us are still drinking too much, eating too much and not being active enough.

“It’s good to see the number of people smoking continuing to fall but there is still a long way to go to reach our goal. Our lifestyle choices can lead to serious health problems which can affect our quality of life and ultimately risk our lives.”

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