A new opinion poll by the British Medical Association (BMA) has revealed that six in ten GPS are considering early retirement.
More than half of those surveyed said that they were considering early retirement because their workload was unmanageable or unsustainable at all times.
Nine out of 10 GPs indicated that they regularly worked beyond their regular hours, while over half of all GPs reported their morale as being “low” or “very low”.
And while six out of ten were considering early retirement, over a third are actively planning for this decision.
More than a quarter of GPs had said they were considering leaving the profession, while almost three out of ten had thought about leaving the profession altogether.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the BMA’s GP committee, said: “It is clear general practice is facing a workload disaster that is threatening its long term future. We are seeing morale dip to a level that I cannot remember in my twenty five years as a GP.
“The root cause of this crisis is that GP practices are facing an unprecedented combination of rising patient demand, especially from an ageing population, and declining resources. The government is also asking GP practices to provide more services, including many involving the transfer of hospital care into the community, without the resources required to successfully deliver them.”
“We need politicians to realise that in order to meet the challenges facing general practice, we need to value the hard work GPs are undertaking by supporting them properly. This includes expanding the number of GPs so that patients are given the time and care that they deserve. Most importantly, the government needs to work with all healthcare professionals and patients to find practical solutions to a crisis that is threatening to overwhelm general practice."
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