By Susie Cohen For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:43 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 10:11 GMT, 2 December 2019
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)
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.'
A patient made 200 phone calls in one day in a failed bid to secure a GP appointment.
Ferry worker Gareth Humphreys said he had been forced to battle for a slot at two health centres taken over by a scandal-hit health trust.
He called for action after two