Recent evidence shows that the NHS GP crisis is unresolved and presents one of the worst crises in General Practice since the NHS was started. The number of GPs in a partnership is a declining minority and new entrants are not attracted to become partners. The harsh and demanding workload accompanied by declining incomes and resources make the option look risky and undesirable. The majority of GPs are now salaried workers or permanent locums.
The journal GP Online conducted a survey of GPs, some of whom were still partners or had recently resigned from partnership agreements. The study concluded that 64% of GPs were resistant to taking partnership agreements whilst 48% of partners were considering a move to salaried positions.
Alarm was raised by some GP Partners who believed that the move to salaried status would increase Government control and regulation of the professional and almost certainly make working life more difficult.
Most GPs thought that it is imperative that the situation is properly addressed and investment made in practices combined with return to the partnership model to ensure stability and sustainability for General Practice. Stability would allow the practices to focus on building professional teams to handle the increasing workload imposed on primary care at the present time.