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GPs issue early retirement warning

By Wesleyan

A new study suggests more than half of GPs are thinking about retiring or leaving the job before they are 60.

The BBC's Inside Out asked 1,004 family doctors when they expected to leave the profession, and 56 per cent of them indicated they wanted to give it up before they reach 60.

The figures have worried Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, but British Medical Association spokesman Dr Krishna Kasaraneni is not surprised.

He says MPs should be aware that GP practices do not have sufficient resources.

The survey reveals that a quarter of GPs (25 per cent) say they will definitely not be doing the job when they are 60.

Just under a third (32 per cent) said they probably would still be working at that age and only six per cent said they would definitely be working past 60.

The main problems GPs say they have are their workloads, working hours, professional standing, and pay.

Another problem is the high volume of consultations GPs have to get through and just over a quarter (27 per cent) say they think this is why so few foundation doctors and medical students are thinking about becoming GPs.

Copyright Press Association 2015

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