Working as a full-time family doctor is so stressful it's becoming 'undoable'

Working as a full-time family doctor is so stressful it's becoming 'undoable', according to Royal College of GPs chairman Professor Martin Marshall Prof Martin Marshall, Royal College of GPs chairman, described the 'crazy' stress Think-tank found one in 20 trainee GPs wanted to work full-time after ten years Prof Marshall said trainees not working full-time wasn't due to being workshy He added: 'I think what this signals is that the job of a GP is undoable full-time'

By Susie Cohen For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:43 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 10:11 GMT, 2 December 2019

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Being a full-time GP has become 'undoable' thanks to the pressure of the job, the head of the profession has warned.

Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, described the stress they face as 'crazy'.

The King's Fund think-tank has also found that just one in 20 trainee GPs intended to work full-time within a decade of qualifying after it asked 840 about their career plans.

Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, described the stress they face as 'crazy' (file photo)

Professor Martin Marshall, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, described the stress they face as 'crazy' (file photo)

It comes days after the Mail reported that fewer than a third of GPs were working full-time in surgeries as patients struggle to make appointments.

Professor Marshall, a GP in east London, said the unwillingness of trainees to work full-time was not because millennial medics were more workshy, adding: 'I think what this signals is that the job of a GP is now undoable on a full-time basis.

'The idea that we can see 50, 60, 70 patients a day, five days a week, is crazy. It is difficult to be as sharp on your 50th patient of the day, or your 200th blood test.

'Each one involves a clinical decision, it carries a risk, which is an innately stressful decision to make; it carries a degree of anxiety that you might make a mistake or misdiagnosis. Decisions can be life or death.'

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