A family planning charity says the contraceptive pill should be accessible on shelves without "unnecessary and embarrassing" consultations.Read the full story ›
The British Medical Association also called for doctors to have no more than 25 consultations a day to reduce the burden placed on them.Read the full story ›
Patients could be removed from GP surgery lists after five years of no doctor contact, under new cost-cutting NHS proposals.Read the full story ›
The five-year spending plan, announced by NHS England, is aimed at putting general practice "back on its feet".Read the full story ›
A survey questioned 15,560 GPs, with almost three in 10 (28%) who are currently working full-time saying they are thinking about moving to part-time hours and 7% considering quitting medicine altogether. About a third (34%) said they are considering retiring from general practice in the next five years.
More than two-thirds (68%) said that while manageable, they experience a significant amount of work-related stress, but one in six (16%) feel their stress is significant and unmanageable. Nearly four in 10 (37%) said they feel that their current workload is too much to cope with, while more than half (53%) said it is generally manageable but too heavy at times. When asked to rank the top factors that most negatively impact on their personal commitment to their roles, nearly three-quarters (71%) cited an excessive workload, more than half (54%) said unresourced work being moved into general practice and 43% said not enough time with their patients.
A large scale survey has found that a third of GPs are considering retirement in the next five years. About one in five (19%) trainees said they are considering working abroad before 2020 while only a third (35%) said they would not recommend it as a career, with a further 18% unsure.
The poll was carried out by the British Medical Association (BMA), which said the results question the feasibility of election pledges that promise to dramatically increase the number of GPs in the next five years. It pointed out that as it takes five to eight years to train a GP it is not possible to create thousands of GPs in this timeframe and the pledges "blindly ignore the recruitment and retention crisis that is draining the numbers" currently in practice.
A national recruitment video hopes to end the shortage of GPs in the health service by showing how "exciting" the job is.Read the full story ›
Thousands of sick people may soon be unable to see a doctor because there are not enough GPs, experts have warned.Read the full story ›
The UK will "walk blindfold into another winter crisis" in hospital care if recommendations put forward in a report by leading doctors are not implemented and the strain is left on A&E services, a medical chief said.
Royal College of Physicians president Sir Richard Thompson said:
Over the past few years, services for ill patients have been stretched by the sheer amount of acute and emergency admissions, and we have to plan better for the future to protect patient safety.
These 13 recommendations are practical, evidence-based, and produced by doctors who care for patients daily - if we do not implement them, we shall simply walk blindfold into another winter crisis.