A new survey has revealed some startling information. According to the survey only two thirds of current crop of GPs training through the NHS can see themselves sticking with the organisation beyond the next six months. The survey was conducted by researchers from Warwick Medical School.
The survey has thrown fresh light on the low morale that NHS GPs and trainee NHS GPs seem to be experiencing at the moment.
The researchers behind the survey have written: “About a third of participants [in the survey] described an intention to be working outside NHS general practice… At six months post-completion of training, 62.8 per cent expected to be working in the NHS in a salaried, locum or other non-principal GP role, reducing to 33.9 per cent at five years.”
The survey also revealed that some trainees were planning to develop “portfolio careers” which will see them work part time as a GP and in other capacities for the rest of the time. Others still were “planning to leave general practice completely, work overseas, take a career break/maternity leave or did not state a career intention”.
The researchers went on to say: “This study highlights the importance … that the increasing workload and decreasing morale in UK general practice are combated in order to improve recruitment.”
Consistently negative coverage in the media seems to be a key factor in the disappointing statistics. Also the higher than expected workload is a major factor to the trainees. Many of them feel that they are dealing with issues that do not fall within the GP remit.
This will be disappointing to the government which hopes to recruit doctors to meet new higher targets in the post-Brexit era.