GMC report echoes College findings on workload and stress in medicine

Publication date: 05 December 2018

Responding to the General Medical Council’s 'State of medical education and practice' report, published today, Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

“GPs and our teams are working incredibly hard to ensure patients get the care they need, but this simply isn’t sustainable without a robust workforce or adequate resources - and as this report shows, many doctors across the NHS are moving away from frontline care due to the intense pressures they are facing.

“It supports our own research, released earlier this week, that found a staggering 31% of GPs said they are unlikely to be working in general practice in the next five years - many citing stress and early retirement as the reasons why.

“Workload in general practice is escalating both in terms of volume and complexity. Yet, the share of the NHS budget general practice receives is less than it was a decade ago, and GP numbers are lower than they were two years ago.


“As GPs, we want to be able to deliver the best care we can to our patients, but there comes a point when this simply isn’t safe for patients, or for our own health and wellbeing.


“NHS England and Health Education England have been doing great work improving recruitment to general practice, but if more GPs are leaving than are entering the profession, we are fighting a losing battle. We need to see initiatives implemented to tackle unnecessary workload in general practice, and make it a more sustainable environment to work in, so that we can keep hard working, experienced GPs in the profession for longer, delivering patient care.


“Ultimately, we need to see NHS England’s GP Forward View, which promises an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs delivered in full and as a matter of urgency, and for general practice to receive 11% of the NHS England budget as part of the forthcoming 10-year plan for the NHS.”

Further Information

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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