Supply fears as young GPs flag desire to work less

THE next generation of rural GPs want to work fewer hours than the current crop, a survey suggests, raising supply fears amid an ageing population.

Researchers questioned 99 registrars enrolled in a regional general practice program about their practice intentions, finding 64% intend to work eight of fewer half-day sessions per week.

The result suggests the rural GP workforce will face continued shortages despite an increase in medical graduates, the survey authors say.

"When increased GP demand due to population ageing is coupled with the trend towards shorter working hours, the