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Survey finds a third of GPs are considering retirement

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.

Survey finds a third of GPs are considering retirement. Credit: PA

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.


UK will 'walk into another crisis' without A&E reform

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.

– Sir Richard Thompson

Out-of-hours GPs needed to 'stem A&E patients'

A group of leading doctors has called for out-of-hours GP services to be offered alongside emergency departments at hospitals to stem the "overwhelming" number of A&E patients.

In a separate study, Imperial College London found one in four A&E appointments were made because patients were unable to see a GP. Credit: PA

Doctors from the College of Emergency Medicine, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons, want every emergency department should have a co-located primary care out-of-hours facility.

Patients should not be expected to determine whether or not their injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to A&E or minor enough to contact a GP and should have access to both levels of care, doctors said.

However, the recommended it was inappropriate to expect A&E to deal with "anything and everything".

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