Fifth of trainee GPs planning to quit within five years

A fifth of trainee GPs are aiming to quit in five years with many hoping to move to Dubai or Australia, research shows.

And those intending to stay are planning to only see patients for an average of two and a half days a week.

They want to spend the remainder of their time carrying out research, starting their own business or working in managerial roles.

The poll of 310 trainees comes two days after a major survey found four in ten four in ten qualified GPs were planning to quit in five years’.

A total of 19 per cent of the polled trainee GPs said they would not be working in surgeries in five years, including 14 per cent who hoped to move abroad. Pictured: A file image of a GP with a patient 

A total of 19 per cent of the polled trainee GPs said they would not be working in surgeries in five years, including 14 per cent who hoped to move abroad. Pictured: A file image of a GP with a patient 

Surgeries are already facing a severe recruitment crisis and there is now mounting evidence the will only get worse.

This latest research by Pulse magazine involved 310 GPs in training who were asked what they planned to be in one year and five years.

A total of 19 per cent said they would not be working in surgeries in five years, including 14 per cent who hoped to move abroad.

The most popular destinations included Dubai, Canada, Australia and New Zealand which are currently short of GPs.

The remaining trainees wanted to switch to different doctor roles or quit medicine altogether.

Those GPs who intended to stay on only planned to see patients for an average of five and a half ‘sessions’ a week out of a possible ten.

The most popular destinations for doctors include Dubai (pictured), Canada, Australia and New Zealand which are currently short of GPs

The most popular destinations for doctors include Dubai (pictured), Canada, Australia

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