Listen to John Humphrys interviewing Sarah Jarvis on Radio4

BBC Radio 4 30th Jan 2015: Why don’t medical students want to become GPs anymore?

The reality is that all the work takes longer than resources are able to supply. The words “reality” and “disenchanted” and “concentrating on saving money” occur. Why are so many female GPs leaving the profession when they are paid so much? Listen and understand….. Rationing by prolonged undercapacity, a changed job description which focusses on prevention, and a GP waiting for retirement..

For most people in this country the GP is our first contact with the health service. And for years, becoming a GP was the big ambition for fresh-faced young medical students. Not any longer.

The number of young doctors wanting to be a GP has fallen of a cliff and the pressure on those who remain is great and growing, not least because we live longer.

John Humphrys visited Dr Sarah Jarvis in her practice to find out more.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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