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We must address work-life balance for GP trainees


Its safe to say the NHS is well past breaking point. However much that I support the BMA, the suggestion above will only add to the problems. One of the difficulties the NHS faces is dealing with reality and not with a fantasy of how we want the world to work. So part time working has done huge damage not in it being a laudable and worthy cause but its not affordable. Now both male and female trainees are choosing this has allowed people to discuss this where there was nervousness before hand. If you assume limited NHS funds. If 10 years ago 3 doctors with 100K training did a job, that same scenario may need 6 part time docs all with the same 100k training. It really is simple as that. Large scale part time training and having a majority of drs working part time is not sustainable. Certainly its rare in the USa and Germany because it recognized as a cost issue. In terms of natural justice part time working is worthy and should be supported (IF WE COULD AFFORD IT). It has been for 10 years and Its clearly a significant part of the crisis which gets whispered at deanery meetings but not out in open forums!

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05 Jul 2017

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