Many GPs are dissatisfied with their job, according to a new survey.
More than half are unhappy with the amount of money the Government allocates to the NHS and two thirds are unhappy with their relationship with health service bosses. Almost half said they were unhappy with their workloads.
The survey of 100 GPs was for Benenden Healthcare Society, a private health insurer for civil servants.
It also revealed issues over working conditions, with one in four unhappy with the culture and team spirit at their surgeries. One in five GPs also wanted more autonomy in how they run their practices.
Jakki Stubbington, of Benenden Healthcare, says: "Our research clearly suggests that GPs are exceptionally busy and are suffering from the amount of work they have to do. Pressure from above - a lack of funding and constant Government targets, is allied to pressure from below - greater workloads and more demanding patients. This means that GPs feel overworked and under-appreciated, so their morale suffers."
A spokesman for the British Medical Association (BMA) says: "The BMA's own survey of 11,000 GPs this year revealed that more than half said their morale had got worse over the past five years.”
Despite not working at weekends or evenings, and for an average salary of £110,000,more than half of doctors complain they are working too hard. And the growing discontent among GPs over the lack of funding, NHS targets and more demanding patients has led to fears that doctors could start leaving the profession. This in turn could lead to it being harder to get an appointment with family doctors.