Is Primary Care less attractive now?
Primary Care post-Covid
WORKING in Primary Care is less attractive than prior to Covid-19 according to 87% of GPs, a recent survey has revealed.
A total of 72% of GPs also said that working in primary care throughout the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health with the recent pressures the profession has been facing making it less appealing for clinicians.
The data has been gathered by Menlo Park’s November 2021 survey Tech & Primary Care: A Post Pandemic Panacea, which gave 11,000 GPs the opportunity to have their say on current general practice.
GP-bashing media headlines, record demand for appointments, ‘name and shame’ league tables and lack of clear government support are all contributing factors to current low GP morale which has significantly increased the difficulty in recruiting GPs.
In February 2020, the Government announced a drive to recruit an additional 6,000 GPs in a four-year period by 2024. Two years on and the workforce has actually seen a reduction in the number of GPs, with another 913 GPs leaving primary care between September 2020 and September 2021.
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