One in eight GP trainees will choose not to become GPs in future, a ‘staggering’ BMA survey has found.
Of 625 GP trainees surveyed, 13% said they do not expect to work as a GP in future, which, if extrapolated, ‘represents a loss of 433 potential GPs in England alone, before they even start working’.
BMA GP trainees committee chair Dr Euan Strachan-Orr said results from the survey, which asked GP trainees about their experiences of training as well as their plans for the future, were unsurprising but still ‘staggering’.
The survey also found:
- 36% of GP trainees reported bullying in GP practice settings, but most commonly from patients
- 29% experienced sexism in GP posts
- 20% experienced racism in GP posts
Dr Euan Strachan-Orr said the statistics were ‘truly disgraceful and unacceptable’, adding that a ‘radical review of training environments is required’.
Of the GP trainees who responded to the survey:
- 75% have felt burnt out, stressed, depressed or anxious
- 42% cannot take breaks at work
- 59% start early and 61% leave late due to the workload
Dr Strachan-Orr asked: ‘How can we look after our patients if we cannot look after ourselves day to day in the workplace?’
And in terms of future career plans:
- 55% plan to become a salaried GP at some point
- 27% plan to become a locum at some point
- 23% plan to become a GP partner
- Only 6% said they would work full-time for their whole career
Pulse revealed last month that up to 1,000 overseas GPs could be forced to leave the UK as practices cannot sponsor them.
Last month, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt told GPs at Pulse Live he holds himself ‘completely responsible’ for the failure to fulfil his promise of recruiting 5,000 extra GPs.
Meanwhile, LMC leaders have voted in favour of a motion demanding that the BMA renegotiate GMS contracts across the UK ‘with workload limits’.