The decline of General Practice has been evident to all of us close to the “hot end” for some years now. Watch for Private healthcare development and demand as the systems implode and let us all down. It will begin with GPs in large towns and cities, and progress to private A&E departments. There is no plan and politicians are in denial. Standards are falling, especially in training, and it looks as if differential post-code outcomes and life expectancy will follow in the next WHO report on the UK. The hot end is getting so hot it might become a desert..
Seven in ten GPs intend to stop seeing patients, take a career break or reduce their hours within the next five years, according to research.
Two family doctors in every five intend to walk away from the profession, according to the study, with the proportion rising steeply with age.
By age 56, almost 90 per cent said that they would quit within five years, compared with less than 20 per cent of under-45s.
The figures come from a survey of doctors in the southwest but GPs’ leaders said that they were indicative of the whole of the UK, with low morale pushing people out of the profession…..
Emily Fletcher and others in the BMJ open report:
Zara Aziz in the Guardian 12th April : Time for a rethink on GP numbers; The GP recruitment crisis is only going to get worse as overwork and low morale push doctors out of the profession. More funding is desperately needed
The training and competence of doctors – letters in the Times following Doctors who trained abroad ‘far more likely to be incompetent’