Doctors Wary on General Practice Career Decision

A survey of general practitioners has found that around one in three healthcare professionals would not choose to work in general practice if they took this career decision again.

Escalating indemnity fees and problems with recruitment were both cited as being particularly problematical for surgeries.

General practice is clearly suffering from both staffing and financial difficulties at present, and several authoritative bodies have come forward to describe the situation as the worst in living memory.

Many doctors working within the system believe that the quality of service that should be provided is simply impossible at the moment, and many believe that a total collapse of GP services in some regions is possible.

Meanwhile, rapidly rising indemnity fees are proving extremely problematical for doctors, particularly those entering the healthcare profession for the first time.

General practice was widely regarded as a dangerous occupation by those who responded to the survey, while litigation has the potential to ruin careers, considering that indemnity providers are cherry-picking cases to defend.

Younger generations of doctors, having paid extortionate fees and struggled through the logistical nightmare of qualifying for medicine, find that their pension pots have been raided with retirement pushed back to a later age.

Meanwhile, working hours and pressure on GPs are both increasing, contributing to massive dissatisfaction with the way that the profession operates.

Bureaucracy and unrealistic targets set by politicians were also held up as major problems within the healthcare system.

Yet over 50% of the GPs surveyed still indicated that they would choose to go into general practice, with the career still considered rewarding, particularly the contact with patients on a daily basis.

There was a general feeling expressed that there is an imbalance between the amount of work required to be done and the amount of resources provided in order to complete this.

Indeed, it was recently documented that approximately 25% of GPs work beyond what are considered safe working hours every single week.

Yet Downing Street still intends to force practices throughout the healthcare system to open seven days a week.

Many surgeries already offer such provisions, but it seems completely unclear how this can be implemented across the NHS system as a whole.

Nonetheless, surgeries are being threatened with reduced funding unless they comply with the demands of the government.


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