Responding to the General Medical Council’s ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK’ workforce report1, BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:
“While it is encouraging that more doctors are entering training, the numbers are still nowhere near enough to meet patient need.
“As highlighted in the report, GPs and hospital doctors continue to face immense pressures on a day-to-day basis due to demand exceeding capacity and is likely to worsen as a result of other factors such as punitive pension taxation rules, which means doctors are being forced to leave the profession early or cut their hours.
“The Government must address these constraints in order to improve both recruitment and retention.
“This will require improved resources for GP practices and hospitals to ensure doctors feel supported to provide safe and quality care.
“Doctors’ wellbeing must also be made a priority, as well as ensuring continued recruitment from overseas and addressing pension reform.”
Notes to editors
The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
1. Report is available here