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Over half of doctors think general practice is more attractive than hospital medicine

Over half of doctors think that general practice is more attractive as a career than hospital medicine according to a survey by the UK Medical Careers Research Group at the University of Oxford.

The survey of doctors who qualified in the UK in 2008 found that 56% of the 2,369 respondents agreed or strongly agreed that ‘General practice is more attractive than hospital practice for doctors at present’, with around 25% disagreeing with the statement. 

The survey also found that 78% of respondents said they would probably or definitely carry on with medicine in the UK ‘for the foreseeable future’, compared with 12% who said that they would probably or definitely not continue. Of those who disagreed, 90% were considering medicine outside the UK.

Respondents also raised concerns about having to choose their specialty too early with 55% agreeing that they had to choose their specialty too soon after qualification, although 73% were satisfied with their career prospects.

Around 35% of respondents working in the NHS or in UK universities worked in general practice.

Responses were received between December 2013 and mid-2014 with the report published in November 2015.

Readers' comments (12)

  • Surveys by Oxford and Eton will always show that 78% would like to continue with medicine in UK.
    p.s survey was funded by tory work group I'm sure

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  • ah.. Hunt's plan comes to fruition

    make every job so unbearable in medicine that general practice is a paradise in comparison...

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  • The students are detached from reality - 5 years in general practice you will be burnt and then say why the hell did I choose a medical career.

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  • 56% of respondents who know nothing of general practice would think it's a better bet !

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  • This report is so out of date already

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  • Yeah right!Did they survey them during fresher's week?

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  • Am I living in wonderland.....This is so unreal

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  • The grass is always greener. Until you get run over by the lawnmower. Then you don't care what colour grass is.

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  • The workforce of doctors is skewed to females (50-60%) and these are doctors who find General Practice attractive for its limited hours option or part-time work. That is the attraction - workloads stress high demands etc etc etc is not the reason(s).

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  • Are they the half of doctors working somewhere else (Australia, NZ, CQC, PHE)?

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