BBC Inside Out GPs Survey
Poll of GPs for BBC Inside Out.

 GPs Research

  • More than half of GPs (56%) expect to retire or leave General Practice in the UK before they become 60 years old.
  • One in four GPs (25%) say they will definitely do so.
  • Around one in three GPs (32%) say they will probably not retire or leave British General Practice and just 6% say they will definitely not do so.

Q: At the current time, do you expect to retire or leave General Practice in the UK before you become 60 years old?

%
NET: Yes 56%
NET: Probably / Definitely not 39%
Yes definitely 25%
Yes probably 30%
Probably not 32%
Definitely not 6%
Don’t know 6%

Base: GPs aged under 60 (n=934).

 

  • GPs are most likely to cite volume of consultations as the main reasons why fewer medical students and foundation doctors are choosing to specialise in the general practice than used to (27%).
  • Around one in five cite working hours (19%) and standing within the profession (20%).
  • Among a range of “other” reasons being cited, the most common include “media portrayal” and “workload”.

Q: Which of the following do you believe is the main reason why fewer medical students and foundation doctors are choosing to specialise in the general practice than used to?

%
Volume of consultations 27%
Working hours 19%
Standing within the profession 20%
Other 22%
Don’t know 3%

Base: British GPs (n=1,004).

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Date Published
2nd March 2015
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Methodology
ComRes interviewed 1,004 GPs online between 21st and 28th January 2015. Data were weighted to be representative of all British doctors with all respondents verified via their GMC number. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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