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350 fewer GPs than 2015 despite promises of 5,000 more by 2020


There is also the harder to measure effect of how people work. Not just full time V part time, but exactly what full time involves. Our 4 full time partners at my surgery probably works 60 hours a week. And our 4 part time (half time) GPs probably does close to 40 hours per week. That is 6 full time equivalent doctors doing 400 hours in a week. If they are replaced by 10 full time doctors working 38 hour weeks as salaried doctors for a mega-practice. That will be a 65% increase in full time doctors while actually reducing the hours worked by 20. That is not to say working a reasonable week is wrong, it is probably far better for everyone's health and lifestyle. But when talking about the number of full time doctors working in the UK, I suspect the government will conveniently ignore the change in work pattern that is happening at the same time.

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22 Aug 2017

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