Third of NHS GPs ‘to quit in next five years due to huge workloads and stress’
2nd December 2018

Millions will be left without a local GP as up to 31% could quit in the next five years.

A poll by the Royal College of General Practitioners says 10,000 of the country’s 34,000 family doctors could quit because of increased the workload and stress.

The exodus could leave up to three million patients without a GP or facing longer waits for an appointment, the survey shows.

College chairwoman, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, said the results were “gravely concerning”.

The survey found that 5% of GPs said their practice was likely to close within the next year.

In 2015 the Government pledged to recruit 5,000 extra GPs by 2020. But NHS Digital data shows the number has fallen by 460 since then.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth called the figures “alarming”.

A Government spokeswoman said 3,743 doctors were recruited into GP training this year.

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