One in five GPs under 30 quit the profession last year

3rd March 2023 by NASGP

One in five GPs under 30 quit the profession last year

One in five GPs under 30 quit the profession last year, Pulse reports.

Data analysed by the Institute for Government (IfG) found that 21.6% fully-qualified GPs under 30 left in the 12 months to December 2022.

Since 2016, the total number of fully-qualified GPs has fallen by 7%.

“Given the decline in fully qualified, permanent GPs, the government is not on track to hit its target by 2024,” the IfG commented.

GP recruitment is improving, with 9,311 GP trainees in December 2022 – up 45.7% compared to December 2019, and the second year in a row when the number of new trainees pushed 4,000.

But in January, the acting chair of the GPs’ Committee at the BMA warned the Financial Times too many GP trainees face visa bureaucracy.

“With around half of trainee GPs in England subject to these visa restrictions, it’s potentially a huge waste — of skills, time and money — if these doctors are then forced to leave general practice or the NHS because of a problem that is so easily solvable,” Dr Kieran Sharrock said. Some 48 per cent of GP trainees require visas, according to data from the British Medical Association.

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, said: “Although the recent uptick in the number of GP trainees is very encouraging, this has to be looked at in the context that 50% of them will only be in the UK for three years on a Tier 2 visa; it’s unlikely that this will have much impact on the workforce long term.

“But with 20% of junior doctors reportedly leaving the profession before they even get to the point where they would apply for GP training, this is going to have a profound effect on recruiting GP trainees in the short term.”

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