Unsustainable Medicine

Heroes Not Zombies

Rising demand on “health services”, year by year increases in prescribing and steadily increasing numbers of people with chronic conditions, indicates we are not delivering a sustainable form of health care.

One other indicator of that is the number of doctors taking early retirement, and now, figures showing drops in GP numbers.

The government is facing a GP recruitment crisis with new figures showing a fall in the number of family doctors since the coalition came to power amid warnings that the take-up of training places is the worst since 2007. Official data analysed by the House of Commons Library shows that at a time of ever increasing demand for their services, the number of GPs has dropped by 356 compared with its level in 2009/10. The proportion of family doctors serving every 100,000 people has also dropped, from 70 in 2009/10 to 66.5 now. At the same time, GP leaders have raised…

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