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Mounting workforce crisis in general practice threatening patient care warns BMA

Responding to the publication of a survey from the University of Warwick that shows only two thirds of GP Trainees in the West Midlands intend to work in the NHS, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair said:

“These findings underscore the mounting crisis that is threatening the delivery of patient care in GP practices across the country.  It is hardly surprising that the next generation of GPs are having doubts about their career in the NHS after a decade of underinvestment that has left many local GP services cash strapped and operating from inadequate facilities. Constant sniping from politicians, who often expect GPs to deliver more on shrinking budgets, has hardly helped the morale of a workforce at breaking point.  

“There are already widespread GP shortages in England, with areas like the West Midlands particularly badly affected. A recent BMA survey found that one in three GP practices had vacancies that they had spent a year trying to fill1.  Without enough GPs, the NHS cannot deliver enough appointments to patients, especially the growing number of older people who require intensive and specialist care in the community.

“We need the government to act urgently to implement the recommendations of the GP Forward View and provide general practice with the resources, including the right staffing levels, that the public deserves.”


Notes to Editors

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional association 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.

A briefing paper on the pressures facing general practice can be read here.

  1. The BMA survey of GP Practice vacancies can be found here.

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