16-Aug-2018

Two out of five GPs in UK intend to quit within five years

LONDON June 1: A record 40 per cent of GPs are considering quitting within the next five years, research has found, Daily Mail reported.
 
More than half are planning to at least reduce their hours during this time as the demands of the job are so stressful.
 
The UK is already in the grip of a GP recruitment crisis and academics said the results would have ‘worrying’ implications for patients.
 
Research by the University of Manchester involving 1,134 GPs found that 39 per cent had a ‘considerable intention’ to leave their jobs within five years.
 
This is the highest percentage since the survey began in 2005 and twice as many as that year when just 19 per cent were contemplating quitting.
 
The research also found that 14 per cent of GPs under 50 were considering leaving, up from just 6 per cent in 2005.
 
Another 57 per cent of doctors hope to reduce their working hours in the next five years with only 7 per cent wanting to increase them.
 
Figures only yesterday revealed how 1.3 million patients had been affected by surgery closures in the last five years due to GPs retiring or quitting.
 
A total of 445 practices have shut or merged since 2013 including 130 during the course of 2017. Experts say GPs are struggling to cope with their increasingly intense workload.
 
Although they are working a similar number of hours compared to 2005, they claim their working days are far busier.
 
They have fewer breaks in between appointments and patients are sicker - as they are older - making consultations harder.
 
A total of 39 per cent of those GPs who want to leave their jobs hope to continue working in healthcare but not with patients.
 
Another 36 per cent intend to quit medical work altogether and 9 per cent want to move abroad. The remainder did not specify.