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Prospect of losing new GPs so early in their careers could be disastrous the for NHS says RCGP

She said: "This research is confirming findings that have emerged elsewhere and is incredibly concerning – for the future of general practice, the wider NHS, and the care we're able to deliver to our patients.

"We really do need all the family doctors we can get - thousands more than we currently have, and of all 'types' be they partners, salaried or locum GPs - so the prospect of losing new GPs so early in their careers could be disastrous for the NHS.

"Unfortunately, these findings are a clear indication that trainees are being put off from a career in general practice because they are seeing first-hand the intense resource and workload pressures GPs and our teams are facing across the country.

"Workload in general practice has risen 16% over the last seven years, but resources for our profession has declined, and our workforce has not risen at pace.

"It's a massive shame because if properly resourced - with adequate investment and workforce - being a GP can be the best job in the world, with lots of variety and numerous career opportunities. 

"We urgently need to turn general practice around and make it the attractive career option that it once was – not just as a profession that trainees want to enter, but as a profession that they want to work in for years to come.

"The GP Forward View launched by NHS England could be the lifeline that general practice needs - but our annual assessment of its progress shows that things are not moving as quickly as they could in certain areas.

"We need the pledges made in the GP Forward View, including £2.4bn extra a year for general practice, 5,000 more full-time equivalent GPs, and 5,000 more members of the wider practice team, to be delivered in full and as a matter of urgency, so that we can deliver the care our patients need and deserve, now and in the future."

 

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