FOUR in ten newly-trained GPs quit the NHS within five years, a health boss has warned.
Many take on more lucrative short-term locum work instead, where they also enjoy better hours.
Alamy It is concerning that so many medical professionals are choosing to leave the NHS after being trained
Some choose to practice abroad or switch career, after costing around £500,000 to train over ten years.
Speaking to a conference in Manchester, Ian Cumming, head of the NHS’s staffing body, said more thought was needed on how to retain doctors.
About 3,000 GPs qualify each year, but up to 1,200 leave within five years.
Mr Cumming said: “As every year goes by, beyond five years, that number goes up slightly. We have to address it. How do we train and keep people?
Alamy Less GPs could mean longer waiting times for patients seeking care