Pulse, the GP Journal, reports a recent BMA Study which shows falling GP morale. The study was small with just 140 GPs questioned, but three quarters stated that morale was falling due to "unmanageable or unsustainable workloads". A significant percentage of GPs wish to retire early.
Several studies have drawn the same conclusions. What is is that has made General Practice such an unsatisfactory career for many doctors in recent years?
Dr Richard Vautrey GPC Chair cites factors such as rising patient demand, deficient resources, staff shortages and a large amount of hospital care being moved to the community with inadequate resources to cope. Other commentators on the article have their own similar views.
There is no doubt that excessive workload and deficient resources are making General Practice very difficult in the UK and this is creating a shortage of primary care physicians as a result of early GP retirement, poor recruitment at trainee and entry level, and emigration of working GPs who have become disillusioned with the system and moved overseas.