1000 GPs quit the NHS in the past year
Recent reports confirm that the NHS has lost the equivalent of 1,000 full-time GPs in the past year as workload pressures and funding shortfalls increasingly demoralise doctors.
The figures – which undermine a pledge from Jeremy Hunt to recruit an extra 5,000 GPs by 2020 – have been described as ‘gravely concerning’ by the BMA, who warn that the shortage will lead to increasing difficulties in accessing GPs at surgeries already struggling to cope with over-subscribed patient lists.
While there are around 41,324 doctors working in general practice, 500 fewer than two years ago, the relentless pressures of the job mean they are increasingly working less than the NHS definition of “full-time”, opting instead for well reimbursed freelance work.
Will the extra money allocated to the NHS in Philip Hammond’s budget resolve the problem, if not what is the solution? Do add your own comments to this blog.