GPs and practices are under exceptional pressure. GPs are being overwhelmed by rising workload, particularly from a growing patient need. At the same time there is an emerging workforce crisis with shortages of GPs leaving many practices unable to recruit doctors and evidence that some experienced GPs are considering leaving general practice altogether. 

The BMA has proposed a workload control strategy to address the factors involved.

Please also see previous BMA documents on Safe Working in General Practice 2016 and Saving General Practice Report 2017.

Further information is available in our workload section, within guidance here.

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