Greater efforts must go into reducing GP workload in order to keep existing family doctors working in the profession, says the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) as its latest survey shines a light on the intense pressures in everyday general practice, and how this is impacting on GPs’ career plans | RCGP
The survey of 1,094 GPs in England found:
- 31 percent of GPs said they are unlikely to be working in general practice in five years with stress and retirement cited as the main reasons for this.
- 5 percent of GPs report that their practice is likely to close in the next year. These are not practices that are merging with others.
- 37 percent of GPs said that in the practice where they work, there are GP vacancies that have been open for more than three months.
The College says that a primary factor in GPs leaving the workforce prematurely is excessive workload, which has risen substantially in recent years both in volume and complexity, yet the share of the NHS England budget general practice receives is less than it was a decade ago, and GP numbers are lower than they were three years ago.
Last month the College renewed its long-standing calls for general practice to receive 11% of the overall NHS budget as part of the forthcoming 10-year plan for the NHS.