Family doctors in Wales are under massive - and mounting - strain. For years, GPs have been saying they’re weighed down by excess patient demand, increased paperwork and declining investment. It’s been described as an “industrial hazard”.
A quarter of GP’s are due to retire in the next five years and others are leaving the profession early due to high levels of stress. Others no longer want the responsibility of running a surgery as an independent contractor.
"In Wales we see about 19 million GP appointments a year and every year that’s increased by three quarters of a million so in ten years we’ve had a 40% increase in consultations." Credit: ITV Cymru Wales
– Dr Debbie Waters, Chair of the Local Medical Committee for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
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