Home » news »

British regions during top risk of GP shortages

  • Eleven areas of a UK have been identified as during a ‘high risk’ of a shortage
  • In 7 of these areas, some-more than 20 per cent of doctors are aged over 55     
  • Experts advise a NHS is ‘fighting a losing battle’ unless some-more immature GPs join
  • Others contend an ‘avalanche of work’ is putting carefree doctors off a profession
  • Past investigate suggests stretchable hours might keep comparison GPs in a pursuit longer

Claudia Tanner For Mailonline



We have listened a sheer warnings about a impact a ageing race is fixation on health services.

Yet, new total advise an shocking series of comparison GPs might trigger a health crisis.

Eleven English regions have been identified as ‘high risk’ for a GP necessity as an augmenting series of doctors proceed retirement age. 

In 7 of these areas, some-more than 20 per cent of doctors are over 55 – call fears a problem might be imminent.  

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned a NHS would be ‘fighting a losing battle’ if some-more GPs are withdrawal a contention than entering it.

The commentary come as a heading alloy from a British Medical Association’s GP cabinet announced a UK’s ubiquitous use is on a ‘brink of collapse’ as an ‘avalanche of work’ is deterring immature doctors from fasten a profession.

Map reveals a English regions where many GPs aged over 55 work, suggesting a destiny crisis 

Results, published by the Health Service Journal, were gathered by NHS Improvement to prominence a areas at a biggest risk of GP supply problems.

Kent and Medway (24.2 per cent), Somerset (24 per cent) and Lincolnshire (22.5 per cent) were found to have a tip proportions of GPs aged over 55.

Regions deliberate to have a middle GP predicament risk embody areas such as Sussex, Coventry and Northumberland, where 18.2 per cent, 17.7 per cent and 17.4 per cent of doctors are aged over 55 respectively.

Derbyshire has a lowest suit of GPs over 55 (10.9 per cent), followed by Leicester and Nottinghamshire (both 12.4 per cent).

The NHS Improvement’s news on a information said: ‘High numbers of comparison GPs could be demonstrative of destiny supply problems.’

Leading consultant Dr Chaand Nagpaul, authority of a British Medical Association’s GP committee, said: ‘Even a clearly secure use is only one partner divided from timid to set off a domino effect, that could lead to collapse.’  

The RCGP pronounced maintaining a existent workforce ‘must be a tip priority’.

Its Chair Helen Stokes-Lampard said: ‘Progress is being done in recruiting some-more youth doctors into ubiquitous practice, though altogether GP numbers are down on final year.

‘No matter how many some-more trainees we recruit, if some-more GPs are withdrawal a contention than entering it, we are fighting a losing battle. 

‘Given that these total uncover some-more than 20 per cent of GPs are coming normal retirement age in some areas, it hammers home that maintaining a existent workforce contingency turn a tip priority.

‘Ultimately we need to urge a operative conditions for all GPs – and assuage a heated apparatus and workforce pressures confronting a profession.’

Dr Nagpaul pronounced GP practices have turn ‘frighteningly vulnerable’, highlighting a ‘avalanche of work’ confronting doctors that is withdrawal a use ‘several thousand GPs short’, in a new debate to a inhabitant discussion of Local Medical Committees, that represents grassroot GPs.  

He indicted politicians of branch a blind eye to ‘spiraling pressures’ inspiring a health and amicable caring systems in England. 

In a UK, GPs can retire during 60, 65 or 67 years of age, depending on when they assimilated a NHS grant scheme.

Last month, NHS England launched a intrigue charity financial and training incentives to keep GPs in a profession.

NHS England claims a past investigate suggests that gifted GPs might sojourn practicing if they had an event to work some-more flexibly.  

Reductions to a lifetime grant extent allowance, done in 2015, might have contributed to a rising series of GPs timid early – a indicate lifted recently by a Commons open accounts committee.

Its news said: ‘We were endangered about a impact that grant arrangements are carrying on a influence of GPs. 

‘The Department of Health told us a arrangements have contributed to GPs withdrawal a profession.’

MailOnline has approached NHS Improvement for comment.

Comments 61

Share what we think

The comments next have not been moderated.

The views voiced in a essence above are those of a users and do not indispensably simulate a views of MailOnline.


Your criticism will be posted to MailOnline as usual.



Your criticism will be posted to MailOnline as usual

We will automatically post your criticism and a couple to a news story to your Facebook timeline during a same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will couple your MailOnline comment with your Facebook account. We’ll ask we to endorse this for your initial post to Facebook.

You can select on any post either we would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your sum from Facebook will be used to yield we with tailored content, selling and ads in line with a Privacy Policy.