Financial fears will put off future GPs, poll shows

Pay cuts and the rising cost of training and education will put future generations off careers in medicine, doctors fear.

Students: future generations may be put off careers in medicine (photo: Rehan Jamil)
Students: future generations may be put off careers in medicine (photo: Rehan Jamil)

Almost two thirds (72%) of doctors who took part in a poll by a financial services company feared these factors could hit doctor numbers.

Financial issues were the leading concern for doctors, with 61% worried about changes to the NHS pension scheme.

A total of 68% said pension arrangements would deteriorate further in future.

More than half of doctors also said they were concerned about NHS privatisation, and 46% highlighted worries about health service reforms.

Despite the concerns, 75% of doctors said they would choose the same career again if they had the chance, and 70% said they would recommend medicine to someone at the start of their career.

The poll, by financial services provider Wesleyan, is based on responses from 101 doctors.

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