Is a shortage of general practitioners leading to unacceptable primary care?

Monday, 20 October 2014 18:09

We can all relate to the difficulties encountered in obtaining an appointment with our doctor when ill. Now new research from the British Medical Association has suggested that work pressure is causing more than half of general practitioners to consider retiring early. This in turn is going to lead to a shortage in general practitioners which will need to be addressed.

Due to the increase in pressure, workload and demand on general practice there has been a steady increase in general practitioners suffering both physical and mental health issues and stress related issues.

This trend is not limited to general practitioners in their fifties but there is evidence to suggest that younger and older doctors alike are looking to get out of general practice with many choosing to work abroad.

The Birmingham Local Medical Committee is targeting politicians to acknowledge the increasing pressure on general practice with increasing workloads and patient demands in light of declining resources.

Dr Bob Morley who is the Executive Secretary of the Birmingham local committee and currently working as a locum says that GPs now typically work up to 14 hours a day "if this situation continues and general practice looses even more experienced and dedicated doctors it will lead to serious work force crisis where we don't have enough GPs to treat our patients." It has been reported by the British Medical Association that 54% of GP's believe their current workload was unsustainable.

In our medical negligence practice, we have come across failings on the part of general practitioners in missing red flag symptoms to diagnose cancer at an early stage or, misdiagnosing conditions. If you feel you have suffered as a result of unacceptable care by your general practitioner or any other aspect of medical negligence then please feel free to contact us for a free consultation on 0121 616 4450.

Author: Helen Watkins

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