Long Covid SOS said this rate is higher than estimates by the Office for National Statistics. The GP survey showed that the vast majority (84.9 per cent) of patients who responded to the survey in Doncaster said they did not have long Covid symptoms, but 8.7 per cent said they were unsure and 0.9 per cent preferred not to answer.
The Royal College of GPs said post-Covid syndrome is still a relatively new condition, but the prolonged health effects that some experience can have a terrible impact on their lives.
Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the RCGP, said more resources are needed, including good access to appropriate rehabilitation services in the local community, and more staff working in general practice.
He is calling on the Government to address the "intense workforce shortages" and help deliver care to the increasing number of patients with long Covid.
The Department of Health and Social Care said more than £50 million has gone to help scientists understand the virus's long-term debilitating effects, while the NHS has committed £224 million to support people with ongoing symptoms.
A spokesman added: “The best way to protect yourself from Covid is by getting the vaccine, and our world-leading programme has delivered over 150 million jabs.”
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