Number of NHS doctors retiring early DOUBLES after senior GPs become tired of Tory cuts and soaring waiting lists
Almost 4,000 GPs have retired early in the past five years - nearly 1 in 10 of the profession
According to a report in The Mirror today, "new figures show the number of GPs per head of the population has fallen for each of the last four years - sparking calls from the British Medical Association on Government to “save general practice”.
The crisis is piling more pressure on the NHS as 784 GPs retired under the age of 60 in 2016/17 compared to just 384 in 2009/10. Almost 4,000 GPs have retired early in the past five years - nearly 1 in 10 of the profession.
Patients wait an average of 13 days for a GP visit, up from ten in 2015. Experts fear it could stretch to three weeks.
It will be a huge blow to the Prime Minister who made a key 2015 election pledge to recruit 5,000 new GPs by 2020 to cope with fast-rising workloads. Since since then numbers have dropped."
See the whole report here: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/number-nhs-doctors-retiring-early-...