Only one in four GPs work full time, new data shows

The reasons for these long-term changes are unclear, but there have been reports of young doctors leaving the NHS to work overseas or older doctors choosing to retire early.

The data comes amid growing concerns about the number of GPs needed to meet growing demand for appointments, which for much of 2022 has been higher than 12 months ago.

“One in four GP posts could be vacant in ten years”

In June, the Health Foundation think tank called for urgent action after it published a forecast showing that a quarter of GP posts could fall vacant across England over the next 10 years.

He revealed that the current shortage of 4,200 full-time equivalent GPs in England is expected to reach 10,700 in 2030-31.

Health Foundation analysis suggested the government is unlikely to meet its target of hiring 6,000 more GPs by 2023-24.

Meanwhile, the annual GP patient survey earlier this month found declining satisfaction with GPs and that patients were postponing appointments because they found it too hard.

Some 72% of patients in England said they had a good experience of their GP practice at the start of 2022, up from 83% the year before and 82% in 2020.

Some 55% of patients who needed an appointment said they had avoided making one in the past 12 months, up from 42% in 2021.

More than a quarter (27%) had not made an appointment because they found it too difficult, compared to 11% in 2021.

And some 51% said they saw or talked to someone at a time they wanted or sooner (vs. 59pc), while 53% who wanted a same-day date got one (vs. 60pc). pc), and 56% said they had a good experience going on a date (down from 71pc).

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