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NHS reforms push third of GPs to head for exit

More than a third of GPs are planning to quit general practice in the next five years, with morale in the profession nose-diving in the wake of the government’s NHS reforms, a Pulse survey reveals.

GPs are being forced to work longer hours, are spending less time with patients and are struggling to meet expectations as a result. Almost half of the 576 GPs who responded to the poll reported they were suffering from stress.

But it is the fallout from the government’s far-reaching NHS reforms that appears to have pushed the number of GPs looking to quit to the highest level for more than a decade, with 71% claiming morale had fallen as a direct result of the Health Bill and only 9% saying it had risen. Just 18% said they believe general practice is currently moving in the right direction.

The survey found 35% of GPs plan to leave the profession in the next five years.

Read more at Pulse.

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