Over half of family doctors expect to leave healthcare by 60

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4th March 2015 14:32 - Health

A recent survey for BBC’s Inside Out has found that over half (56 per cent) of the 1,004 general practitioners surveyed, are planning to leave Over half of family doctors expect to leave healthcare by 60or retire from their profession by the time they are 30 years old.

The survey also found that more than a quarter (25 per cent) of general practitioners will 'definitely' leave their role before the age of 60.

On the other hand, 32 per cent said that they 'probably will not' have left the role by the age of 60, and 6 per cent 'definitely will not' have.

Factors of the job role which are deterring medical students and foundation doctors from entering the profession are; the amount of consultations per day, hours of work, pay and the media’s portrayal of doctors.

Of the respondents, 27 per cent claimed that the amount of consultations was the main reason why medical students were not choosing to specialise in general practice.

Throughout the past five years, the amount of consultations has risen by 60 million per year.

19 per cent said that the working hours were the reasons for them not choosing to become a GP.

It is estimated that it costs over £250,000 to get a medical student through further education. Despite the investment, from 2010 to 2013, the number of job roles for GPs that went unfilled grew by 400 per cent.

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