Gloucester is the region with the fewest GPs per 100,000 patients in the county

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According to the latest figures, there are fewer GPs per capita in Gloucester than in the rest of the county. Health bosses presented a report today (May 17) detailing the challenges they face in recruiting and retaining GPs in Gloucestershire.

They say that before and increasingly since the Covid-19 pandemic, GP figures have been disputed nationwide. And although the county’s workforce is slightly above the national average, they are concerned that GPs may leave, relocate or change roles, which means recruitment and retention remains a priority. permanent for local practices.

Officials from the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group say this is due to a range of factors including a significant increase in workload, changing patient demographics, negative media portrayal of general practice , complaints, the desire and need for a more balanced family and professional life and an increasing administrative burden. . These factors have led to increased burnout, illnesses and reduced GP sessions/hours in some cases to reduce stress.

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The full time equivalent number of partners and salaried GPs and GPs per 100,000 population in Gloucester is 40.92, in Cheltenham it is 49.13 while it is 54.33 in the Cotswolds of North and South. In Stroud and Berkeley Vale it is 56.11, the figure in Tewkesbury, Newent and Staunton is 60.50 while it is 58.63 in the Forest of Dean.

In terms of total partners plus full time equivalent salaried, Cheltenham has 80, Gloucester City 74, North and South Cotswolds 51, Stroud and Berkeley Vale 70, Tewkesbury Newent and Staunton 27 and there are 38 in the Forest from Dean. Primary Care and Local Development Director Helen Goodey told the Gloucestershire Health Oversight and Review Board that they were focused on addressing the issues affecting Gloucester.

“Gloucester City are more difficult in terms of recruiting GPs,” she said. “We are barely above the national average in terms of the number of general practitioners and the situation is deteriorating.

“It is fair to say that we are now in a more difficult position than three, four or five years ago. It is evident that GPs are more inclined to work as a locum or salaried GP rather than as a partner.

“Demand challenges, financial risks as well, the contract itself, all of these things are contributing to the deterioration of the situation. We also know that in areas such as the city of Gloucester it is more difficult to recruit and retain GPs. »

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