Oddly the reason you are probably struggling to see your GP may have nothing to do with Covid but everything to do with the way the doctors are paid.
Despite the fact the public spending on general practice is up 20% and that the number of qualified GPs was a record 37,293 (up 3% on last year) the number working full-time was only 27,752.
Average earnings for a GP is £100,700 for a 37.5 hour working week. But almost 90% of them work less than full-time. The BMA, the doctors’ trade union, say they do this because their job is very stressful. Think we might all make that argument.
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By only working half the week the GP can still make £50,000. As things stand, according to James Kirkup of the Social market Foundation, adding 1,019 qualified GPs to the workforce delivered the equivalent of only 331 more full-time doctors.
I agree with Mr Kirkup that most employers who had to hire three people to do one job would be looking for a change in the system.
Throw in the fact that the average age of retiring is now 59 while the rest of the country has to keep flogging on until 67 and you can see why the GP cannot see you now.
There needs to be change. Boris should take on the BMA. The country pays a fortune for their training the least they can do is work full-time until they are 50.
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