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a lonely lady imageJune 28 2018

New data indicating 16% of the Welsh population reported loneliness supports the need for GPs to get involved with social prescribing, the RCGP has indicated.

The National Survey for Wales found that material deprivation is also a significant factor in loneliness, with 37% of those in material deprivation found to be lonely, compared with 12% of people who aren’t in material deprivation.

RCGP Wales has stressed the importance of an action plan it published in May. Dr Rebecca Payne, RCGP Wales Chair, said: “We recently published a community action plan to tackle loneliness, looking at how GPs can be supported to do more to tackle loneliness. It included making better use of social prescribing, developing community resources and making them more accessible, and addressing GP workload pressures to make longer appointments an option.

“The figures released [in the National Survey] show just how important that is. 16% of people in Wales being lonely is very significant, and the dramatic rise for those in material deprivation is extremely concerning. Loneliness is a public health epidemic.

“We need a society-wide approach to tackling loneliness; we hope our action plan will be an important part of the conversation."

Links:
Welsh Government announcement       
National Survey for Wales: Headline results, April 2017 – March 2018. June 20 2018       
RCGP comment 
RCGP Loneliness Action Plan launch announcement       

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