Young doctors not keen on GP life

Under one-sixth of junior doctors plan to become GPs, a BMA survey has shown.

A survey of junior doctors' morale, included in submissions to the Doctors and Dentists Review Body last October, but not published, found that just 16 per cent of junior doctors said their long-term career goal was to work in UK general practice.

By contrast, 71 per cent hoped to become consultants.

Specialist trainees in general practice were also more likely to consider switching specialty or emigrating than their hospital colleagues, the survey found.

Deputy GPC chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said the figures 'reflect the mood in general practice'. 'GPs feel undervalued and under threat, so it's filtering down to junior doctors that a career in general practice isn't very secure,' he added.

The figures would make it harder to deliver government plans to expand GP training places, he pointed out.

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