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Third of GPs 'planning to quit NHS'

A third of GPs aim to quit the NHS over the next five years, a snapshot survey has suggested.

The study found that GPs, some of them blaming their planned departures on the Government health reforms, were under strain, with 46 per cent saying they suffered stress.

The poll for Pulse magazine also said 19 per cent suffered anxiety and seven per cent depression.

An overall 71 per cent of the survey of 576 doctors said the Government's health Bill "slightly damaged" or "greatly damaged" their morale. In addition, nine per cent said the Bill "slightly increased" or "greatly increased" morale, with 20 per cent saying it had no effect.

Fewer than a fifth (18 per cent) believed general practice was moving in the right direction, while 63 per cent said it was not and 19 per cent did not know. The survey found 60 per cent thought the amount of time they spent with patients has worsened over the past five years, while 8 per cent said it had improved.

Some 36 per cent go into their surgery at weekends to do paperwork, with 73 per cent working longer hours during the week than they used to. Almost a sixth (59 per cent) said their practice's ability to meet patient expectations worsened over the past five years, but 13 per cent believed it had improved.

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