GPs continue to quit their jobs as pandemic exhausts doctors: UK

The latest NHS data suggests that the pandemic is exacerbating an existing trend

Hundreds of GPs in the UK continue to abandon full-time practice despite the desperate need for doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic, new figures show.

Workforce data released by the NHS show that the trend of declining numbers of full-time GPs has only worsened during the pandemic.

It shows 615 full-time equivalent GPs were lost between December 2019 and December 2020, with the number dropping from 9198 to 8583, a decline of 6.7%.

That drop was the largest annual decline in full-time equivalent GPs in the data,