Female GPs keen to work fewer hours

Improving job satisfaction for middle-aged female GPs who work on call is the key to stopping the trend of GPs’ reducing their working hours, researchers suggest.

The finding is the latest result from the long-running Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) survey of Australian doctors, which also found the mean number of hours a GP worked fell from 46.6 per week to 42.2 between 1999 and 2009.

The survey of more than 7000 GPs, published in this week’s Medical Journal of Australia, found that