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General practitioners say they want to slash their hours to work as little as one-and-a-half days a week despite each costing the taxpayer £500,000 over 10 years of training.   

The King's Fund recently released data showing one in 20 trainee GPs planned to work full-time within 10 years of qualifying and most planned to work between one-and-a-half and three days a week.

The research indicated the often heavy workload of a GP could not be carried out efficiently on a full-time basis, says the new chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Professor Martin Marshall.

General practitioners will not work full-time in the future, according to the new head of the national doctors' body (file image)

General practitioners will not work full-time in the future, according to the new head of the national doctors' body (file image) 

'The idea that we can see 50, 60, 70 patients a day, five days a week, is crazy,' he told The Daily Telegraph.

Prof. Marshall pointed to the effects of significant workloads on medical professionals.

'It is difficult to be as sharp on your 50th patient of the day, or [checking] your 200th blood test,' he said.

'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.'

What are the poll's key findings? 
One in 20 trainee GPs plan to work full-time within 10 years of qualifying Most GPs plan to work between one-and-a-half and three days a weekWomen make up the majority, with 57 per cent in the profession74.9 per cent of female trainees want to cut their hours to three days a weekFemale trainees were more open to cutting their hours down to one-and-a-half days a week  73.4 per cent of men wanted to work  just three days a week Around half of the trainees polled hoped to work in other areasPrimary reason for not wanting to be a full-time GP is the job's intensity  

Promises from the Conservatives and Labour of more GPs were worthless if doctors were choosing not to work full-time, Prof Marshall said, as he urged patients to consider whether they actually needed to visit a doctor.

The King's Fund polled 840 trainee GPs, who work in general practice while working toward their full

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