'Greedy GPs' slurs fail to put off 80 per cent of young GPs

Young doctors are still flocking to general practice, despite the barrage of negative press coverage.

Four fifths (79 per cent) of those GP surveyed at the BMA's 'GPs-to-Be' conference said that their colleagues had not been put off entering the profession by stories which portrayed GPs as more interested in pay than patients.

'GPs have suffered a bad press, but most of us can decide the real picture for ourselves,' one GP registrar said. 'The work-life balance is always going to be better in general practice.'

Many of those questioned cited higher GP pay as one reason they were drawn to general practice, suggesting that the new contract has delivered on its commitment to improve recruitment.

Others mentioned off-putting experiences in hospital medicine, or the greater security that being a generalist provides.

Several of those questioned said that they had switched to general practice after spending time in other specialties.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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