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One in seven GP posts is empty, with vacancy rates up three-fold in six years, figures reveal.
Heavy workloads are seeing senior doctors take early retirement, while their younger colleagues are opting to work part-time.
Surgeries - Nurses - Paramedics - Pharmacists - Locums
Surgeries are increasingly using nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and locums to plug the gaps.
But the record shortages are leaving patients with ever-longer waiting times, and make it far more difficult to see the same GP each time.
Survey - Family - Doctors - Pulse - Magazine
An annual survey of family doctors by Pulse magazine shows the vacancy rate is now at 15.3 per cent – its highest so far. This is up from 4.2 per cent in 2012, when the survey began, 9.1 per cent in 2016 and 12.2 per cent last year.
Ministers have repeatedly promised to hire an extra 5,000 GPs by 2020 to free up more appointments, especially out-of-hours.
Figures - May - NHS - Family - Doctors
But figures in May showed the NHS has lost a net 1,018 family doctors since ministers first made that pledge in 2015.
The survey comes after the head of the NHS’s workforce body revealed last month that four in ten GPs – who each cost the taxpayer around half a million to train – had quit their...
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