23 March

Exclusive: Almost two-thirds of GPs would consider leaving the UK

Exclusive: Almost two-thirds of GPs would consider leaving the UK


NEARLY two-thirds of GPs in the UK would consider leaving the UK’s shores to work permanently overseas.

According to a new survey 64% of those quizzed on the current state of primary would consider moving abroad rather than continuing to work for the NHS. Last year it was reported that more than 700 GPs had already left the UK in the past six years.

The data has been gathered by Menlo Park’s recent survey entitled Tech & Primary Care: A Post Pandemic Panacea, which gave 11,000 GPs the opportunity to have their say on the current state of general practice.

This comes after the recent news that primary care has lost 1,500 GPs since September 2015, despite the government’s 2015 manifesto promise to increase GP numbers by 5,000.

Despite the current inconvenience of travel caused by the pandemic most GPs would still consider leaving the UK to work in other countries.

Most population destinations include Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, all of which many would argue provide better salary and working conditions for those in General Practice, and the Middle East for a tax-free income. The UK currently provides the highest level of international medical graduates working in Australia which is a worryingly growing trend.

Also revealed within our recent survey is news that 72% of GPs have said that working in primary care throughout Covid-19 has negatively affected their mental health. Perhaps the sunnier climate in Australia, where the government has budgeted $114 million Australian Dollars (£64 million) to invest into its telehealth systems.


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