General Practice faces spiralling crisis, study shows

General practice needs more investment, practical support to improve ways of working and a better understanding of what is driving increased demand — or the service could collapse.

Research from the King’s Fund exposes the spiralling crisis in primary care with the number of consultations having increased by 15 per cent over the past five years.

The size of the workforce has not met the increased demand, rising by just 5 per cent in the same time period, with doctors retiring earlier and in greater numbers and just one in 10 trainee GPs seeing themselves working in primary care full time five years from now.

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