Retention crisis in general practice must be tackled, says think tank

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 21 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i395
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

A new international analysis of attitudes of primary care doctors has identified “a clear correlation” between stress levels among GPs in the United Kingdom and their desire to leave their job.

The UK health policy charity the Health Foundation analysed findings from a survey by the US think tank the Commonwealth Fund that compared attitudes among 11 500 primary care doctors from 11 industrialised nations, including 1001 GPs in the UK.

Some 29% of the UK GPs surveyed said that they planned to leave general practice within five years, with 82% of those planning to leave medicine for a different career saying that their current role was extremely or very stressful. In contrast, only 48% of UK …

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