GPs warn face-to-face appointments plan could lead to exodus of doctors

GPs warn face-to-face appointments plan could lead to exodus of doctors

GP leaders have warned that giving patients guaranteed face-to-face appointments could lead to a crippling exodus of family doctors already exhausted by the pandemic and despairing of being “pilloried” by ministers. The profession’s key bodies claimed the government’s plan to force them to see in person every patient who asks will exacerbate the already serious shortage of doctors, especially as the proposal includes “naming and shaming” surgeries which do not comply. Opposition parties also rounded on the government’s blueprint for change, with the former Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt saying ministers were taking the wrong approach. “This is a burnt-out workforce running on empty,” he said. The increasingly bitter war of words between GPs and the government escalated further when Prof Martin Marshall, the chair of the Royal College of …
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