A research study published by The King’s Fund looks at medical training and workforce in the UK at a time when all the political parties have pledged to significantly increase the number of doctors and GPs general practitioners.
A survey of intentions to work full time in general practice one year after qualifying. This is a repeat survey previously carried out.
Many different reasons were given for working part time of which the most common were the intensity of the work (and the effect on the GP health) and the family commitments.
The conclusion from the survey known for many years now, GPs are working part time and sessions, not wishing a partnership. The days of GPs working five days a week in their practices will soon be over. This raises questions about the prospects of increasing GP numbers.