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.