Fewer doctors directly entering speciality

Fewer doctors directly entering speciality
The proportion of foundation year doctors intending to become GPs has dropped in the last year, according to the Career Destinations report published by the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO).The annual report surveyed 6,407 F2 trainees (junior doctors in their second year of foundation training) about their career aspirations and specialties.

The report reveals that the proportion of doctors choosing a specialty (including GP training) decreased from 71% in 2011, to just 38% 2018. The survey also reveals that the proportion of F2 doctors progressing into specialty training had fallen every year since 2011. However the report acknowledges that although a record number of GP trainees were recruited in 2018 it was most likely due to many trainees not coming directly from foundation training due to GP recruitment becoming more complex.

The report identified a number of reasons behind the drop in GP trainees including stress, continuous examinations and an increase in doctors taking breaks after foundation training.

The BMA is concerned about the drop in GP numbers and predicts that it will only worsen current workforce problems. Health Education England deputy medical director for education reform, Professor Sheona MacLeod, said: ‘It highlights a change in attitude which is evident prior to entry into the UK Foundation Programme and this needs further exploration.’

A new five-year GP training scheme that will recruit trainees straight from medical degrees has also been proposed and could be introduced by 2021.

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Fewer doctors directly entering speciality

Fewer doctors directly entering speciality
Fewer doctors directly entering speciality

Fewer doctors directly entering speciality