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Are young GPs’ career choices killing off partnerships?


As I have written elsewhere newly qualified GPs are increasingly viewing full clinical sessions of GP as unsustainable, and they are right. Unfortunately the colossal work load is not going to go away. As such those already lumbered with the increased hours of partnership increasingly have to pick up the inevitable slack that those working patterns bring about. If this was recompensed by a large uplift in global sum then partnership would (possibly) be worth the considerable stresses it comes with and more would wish to pursue it, sadly this is not going to happen. Instead more will be forced into employing allied professionals where they see a need for a GP. This will play beautifully into the hands of larger providers keen to maximise profits by employing cheaper staff. Whilst no-one can blame you for wanting flexibility and a sustainable work life balance and to maximise your income, there is an inevitable cost attached to accommodating the ways in which you wish to work. Someone does have to pay for and do the work that is not being done. This is why partnership is unattractive because at the end of the day... its the partners carrying the can for a smaller and smaller financial reward.

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14 Aug 2017

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