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)
'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.'
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