Morale falling amongst UK GPs, BMA survey shows

A recent BMA survey has revealed that morale is falling amongst Doctors in the UK and especially General Practitioners as workloads are on the rise.

“Just under 76% of GPs said that their morale was lower than a year ago, as did 70% of consultants and staff and associate specialist (SAS) doctors and 61% of junior doctors.”

“GPs said that they worked an average of 7.8 weekly sessions (of typically 3-4 hours), excluding administrative duties, and reported a net increase in workload, which they attributed to staff shortages, commissioning duties, and the only option to deliver a quality service.”

When we speak to Doctors about their motivations for taking up a role abroad, we certainly find that besides better weather the work/life balance plays a major role, too. Nicky, Managing Consultant of our GP Team, explains:

“Most of our GP roles down under offer more flexibility with working hours than in the UK, where you can choose how many sessions you work or how many patients you want to see in an hour. All the practices we work with provide a supportive work environment and more autonomy with clinical work, which results in a high morale. The earning potential is also very high and some practices will offer you a relocation package along with a minimum hourly guarantee, which takes the pressure off when you first start out. And of course, the sunshine helps as well.”

But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what Doctors have said after taking the plunge:

“The job is everything I could have hoped for and the lifestyle here in Sydney is on a different level.”

“My hours and working conditions are much better than those in the UK and I have found plenty of time to relax, swim, cycle and explore this beautiful part of the world. This was definitely the best decision I have ever made in my life.”

“Relocation to Australia has been a great decision both professionally and for the family.”

So, what are you waiting for? We have a great range of GP jobs across New Zealand and Australia – from coastal locations to urban and rural areas.


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