The BBC Panorama programme discussed the issue of GP shortages in England. The NHS is seeing the first sustained fall in GP numbers in the UK for 50 years. The number of GPs per 100,000 people has fallen from nearly 65 in 2014 to 60 last year, analysis by the Nuffield Trust for the BBC shows. The last time numbers fell like this was in the late 1960s and it comes at a time when the population is ageing and demands on GPs are rising.
Patient groups said it was causing real difficulties in making appointments. The cause is multifactorial. Many doctors are retiring early because of burn out due the the stress of the job. Younger doctors are not working full time because of family commitments and the overwhelming responsibility which comes with being a GP partner. The population is growing with older people living longer and patient expectations are increasing. New technology may provide some of the solutions for the future.
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