I chose to become a GP in order to provide the highest quality care for patients, but now fear that if the Government doesn’t act quickly to help general practice endure the challenges it’s facing, it may not remain a viable option for the future.
GPs across South Yorkshire are struggling to cope with rising workloads and no extra funding, many are left with GP premises completely unsuitable for the increasing patient demand and expanding services, and more and more are left fire-fighting to provide the services our patients need.
The British Medical Association has recently launched Your GP Cares, a major new campaign calling on the Government to commit to long-term, sustained investment in general practice.
It highlights that the rising pressure has led to increasing delays for patients, and has impacted greatly on staff morale and recruitment.
At my practice in Rotherham, three partners and one salaried GP have recently resigned due to reasons including increasing work pressures and disillusionment with the NHS. Colleagues I have trained with have decided to work in Australia rather than the UK in order to have a better work life balance.
Barely weeks out of training, I am now left with the prospect of functioning as a ‘senior GP’ in the practice.
It’s time that politicians recognise the challenges facing general practice and accept we need more GPs, more practice staff, and better premises that are fit for purpose so we can deliver the care our patients deserve.
Dr Krishna Kasaraneni
Rotherham GP and BMA Spokesperson