One in eight trainee GPs are not planning a career in general practice, finds survey

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11th May 2022 19:44 - Health

One in eight trainee GPs are not planning a career in general practice: A survey of trainee GPs has revealed that one in 8 (13%) are not planning to pursue a career in general practice when they qualify.

While more than half (55%) said they plan to work as a salaried GP, more than a quarter (27%) said that they plan to work as a locum GP when they qualify.

Fewer than a quarter of respondents said that they plan to be a partner at any stage in their career.

The survey by the British Medical Association (BMA) polled 626 respondents, also finding that just 6% said they plan to work as a full-time GP when the qualify, with 16% saying that would work seven or more sessions per week.

Almost a third plan to work six sessions per week, while 21% said they would work five sessions and one in five respondents (20%) said they plan to work four sessions.

Also revealed by the survey was that 36% of trainee GPs polled had reported bullying at GP practices during their training, while 29% had witnessed sexism and 20% had experienced racism.

Three-quarters of trainees admitted to experiencing symptoms of burnout during their training, or stress, depression, and anxiety, with around two-fifths saying that throughout the days spent at GP practices, they were not able to take a break.

The vast majority of respondents reported wanting to be able to work flexibly in their career as a GP, which three-quarters said was due to wanting to protect their physical or mental health (74%)

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