On Wednesday 18 December 2019, the GMC published the state of medical education and practice 2019, which concludes that doctors are moving away from traditional career and training paths.
Commenting on the report, Suzie Bailey, Director of Leadership and Organisational Development at The King’s Fund, said:
‘Staff shortages in the NHS are creating a vicious cycle of increased pressure on doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, which in turn leads to more of them choosing to reduce their hours or leave their profession altogether.
‘Research by The King’s Fund showed that less than 3 in every 10 trainee GPs intends to work full time in general practice one year after qualifying. The intensity of the working day was the most common reason for choosing part-time work, with some GPs concerned about maintaining standards of care as they grappled with increased workloads.
‘The new government’s plans for health and care will rely on having adequately staffed services. As well as recruiting more staff, it is crucial that services hold on to and develop the staff they already employ.’