The GMC have warned in their annual report that despite the UK being among the leading healthcare providers in the world, “there is a state of unease within the medical profession across the UK that risks affecting patients as well as doctors”. The annual report highlights the impact that an ageing population living with long-term conditions has on the systems of healthcare across the UK.
The doctors’ regulator reports some of the highest levels of stress, depression and anxiety in doctors than ever before. Former health minister, Dr Poulter told BBC Radio 4 that morale is at the lowest he has known in the last few years. This is causing a high percentage of doctors planning on taking a break, giving work-life balance as the reason.
This news does not come as any shock to the medical profession and healthcare sector, a succession of reports have exposed the pressures across the industry. The King’s Fund in particular provided analysis on the increasing complexity and intensity of the General Practice workload, found here. The GMC indicated there is also a substantial burden being felt by junior doctors.
More details can be found on the BBC website.
At Primary Care Professionals we understand that there are three key factors that have directly contributed to the situation that General Practice is currently undergoing:
- Workforce retention
- 498 GPs left the workforce over a six month period
- Workforce Retiring
- 5% of GPs nationally are retiring in the next five years
- Workforce training
- 30% of GP training places remain unfilled (August 2016)
These factors, coupled with the increase of people living with long-term conditions and the plans to shift secondary care treatment into primary care settings will only fuel the existing pressure felt by GPs across the country. Without any intervention and support, General Practice will not be sustainable in years to come.
As a leading recruiter of healthcare professionals in the UK, we feel that it is not only our duty to increase the capacity of the workforce but to support General Practice to become more sustainable for the future. We have innovative solutions that assist in reducing the current workload for GPs allowing them to have a healthy work life balance. Our overall goal is to make General Practice a more desirable place to work.