People are increasingly dissatisfied with the NHS, a long-running survey shows.

The British Social Attitudes Survey has been analysing attitudes towards the NHS since 1983.

Carried out by NatCen Social Research, the 2015 poll surveyed 2,200 people across England, Scotland and Wales.

The results showed that just 60% of the general public is satisfied with the NHS, down from 70% in 2010.

More worryingly, 23% were actively dissatisfied with the NHS, making this the biggest ever rise in public dissatisfaction.

Waiting times to get a GP or hospital appointment were the main reason for public dissatisfaction, with staff shortages being the second most common cause for concern.

Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund think-thank, said the findings should be a “real wake-up call”.

“What’s gone wrong is the public’s perception of the NHS under growing pressure. Money is tight, waiting times are getting longer, people are concerned that when they need the NHS it might not be there for them.”

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