Almost half of UK GPs plan to retire in next five years, study shows

GPs are increasingly demoralised and looking for the exit despite a raft of measures to improve the job, according to a study which found numbers planning to leave within five years had risen by one-third.

The proportion of GPs looking to quit or retire within five years rose to 42.1 per cent, up from 31.8 per cent in 2014, University of Warwick researchers found through a long-term survey of doctors in Hampshire and Dorset.

Plummeting GP numbers and increasing patient demand have led to average waits in excess of two weeks to see a GP and medical experts warning safety is being jeopardised by sheer numbers of appointments.

Full Story: The Independent, 28 February 2019