An MP has received over 4,000 replies to a tweet asking ‘how can it be’ that some GPs are working part time when some patients ‘struggle to get through’ to their doctors.
Esther McVey, the MP for Tatton and a GB News presenter, said ‘nearly one fifth of GPs work on average 26 hours a week as 50% of all patients struggle to get through to their family doctor’.
However, she received a huge backlash from GPs on Twitter.
Some pointed out to the former housing and work and pensions secretary that one fifth is a small proportion of the workforce.
Others that ‘part-time’ GPs may in fact be working 50-hour weeks.
Others told the MP what they do in the time when they are not seeing patients.
And others wondered why, ‘if being a GP is such a doddle’, the NHS cannot retain them.
Recent workforce projections from the Health Foundation predict the GP shortfall will increase from 4,200 FTE in 2021/22 to 6,700 FTE by 2023/24, and 8,800 FTE by 2030/31, based on current policy.