The amount of work GPs have to do is so great is its "threatening" the future of family medicine, the BMA has warned.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA's GP committee, said:
– Dr Chaand Nagpaul
It is clear general practice is facing a workload disaster that is threatening its long-term future.
We are seeing morale dip to a level that I cannot remember in my 25 years as a GP.
Six out of 10 GPs are considering early retirement and more than a third are actively planning to end their career early.
This could lead to a serious workforce crisis in general practice where we do not have enough GPs to treat patients.
The root cause of this crisis is that GP practices are facing an unprecedented combination of rising patient demand, especially from an ageing population, and declining resources.