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Fears that the UK could lose more than 3,000 existing GPs due to Brexit


i don't think that anyone seriously thinks that ALL European GPs will leave. Some will leave but many are going to stay as they have roots now in the UK and as bad as things are here it is proabably better than in their native country. the question is to ask how many GPs do we need to satisfy current projected demands - the government says 5000 (that is what they are aiming for) and the RCGP says 12000 but does that include the new aims of the state i.e. 7 day working and a&e provision? the next question is in a few years time will we reach that number? for many years i've read posts suggesting that there will be mass retirements, emigration etc but it hasn't happen. every GP that I know who has retired has continued working as a locum so realistically I don't think we are going to see the kind of loss to the profession that is talked about but equally I can't see the extra 5000 GPs that the government has promised materalising. I think we will have the samer numbers as we have now but we will have to service greater demand. What will probably happen is that there will be a desire to gain further indepence via plan B to reduce workload and maintain funding i.e. there will be a shift to more GPs wanting out of the NHS.

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10 May 2017

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