Report highlights problems in GP morale

A new report by the London Assembly Health Committee report highlights the shortage of GPs in London and the issue of low GP morale.

Key findings of the report include:

More GPs are emigrating – applications for certificates allowing them to work abroad have risen over 12 per cent since 2008

18 per cent of patients can’t get an appointment in London, compared with 11 per cent nationally

Satisfaction with GP services in London is declining – of the bottom 30 boroughs in England for seeing a GP of choice, 22 are in London

The report includes a number of recommendations:

NHS England (London) and Health Education England should commission research into low GP morale and how to retain GPs within the profession.

NHS England (London) should review its IT strategy and how it can improve patient access through technology. 

The Mayor of London should play a major role in relieving the crisis in GP premises, through better planning and working with NHS England