Responding to a new study from Exeter Medical School involving 2,000 GPs which showed two in five GPs in the South West were considering quitting the NHS in the next five years, Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, BMA GP committee lead on Education, Training and Workforce, said:
“This study from Exeter Medical School demonstrates once again the enormous crisis facing general practice as it struggles to cope with rising patient demand, stagnating budgets and widespread staff shortages.
“As government figures showed last month, the number of full time GPs is falling as many decide to leave the profession or retire earlier. Many GPs are voting with their feet because of the daily struggle of trying to provide enough appointments to patients without the resources or support they need. Given the uncertainty of whether the UK’s departure from the European Union will result in more overseas doctors leaving the NHS, this shortage could well get even worse in the years to come.
“With the NHS at breaking point, we need the government to take the evidence of a workforce crisis seriously and act to implement a long term, well-funded plan that results in more GPs being available to treat the public.”
Notes to Editors
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.1
1. The BMA’s response to the latest GP workforce figures can be found here.
2. More information about the current pressures that are leaving the NHS at breaking point can be found here and a briefing paper on the issues facing general practice can be found here.