Editorials

Career choices for generation X

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7004.525 (Published 26 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:525
  1. Clare Vaughan
  1. Chair South London Organisation of Vocational Training Schemes, VTS Coordinator's Office, St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH

    Young doctors want flexible career paths, not long term commitments

    Young doctors are not choosing to train or settle in general practice as they did a decade ago, which has serious implications for training schemes and practices recruiting new partners. Changes in the NHS may partly explain this. Baker et al found that the four commonest reasons given by qualified general practitioners for not practising as principals were the commitment out of hours, difficulty combining work with family commitments, requirements of the general practice contract, and increasing demands from patients.1

    A broader shift in values and expectations of work may also be occurring, and we need to understand the social context in which young graduates have grown up. The old certainties of work and family life have …

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