Yesterday we asked if the massive nursing crisis facing the NHS would be helped by banning non-medics from practising aesthetics.
Now we can ask the same about stressed doctors after news that for the first time since the late 1960s there’s been a sustained fall in the number of GPs in the NHS, research for the BBC suggests. The analysis, carried out by the Nuffield Trust, found the number per 100,000 people had gone from nearly 65 in 2014 to 60 last year.
This comes at a time when an ageing population is placing greater demands on medical services. Patient groups have reported waits of up to seven weeks for a routine appointment.
So, we ask again. Do we really want to see medics, including doctors and nurses, cornering the market and seeing the opportunity to make up to 10 times their current salary by moving into aesthetics and replacing all the current practitioners?
Consider this:
The fall in GPs from 64.9 per 100,000 to 60 per 100,000 means the average doctor now has 125 more patients to look after than they did in 2014.
Two-thirds of retirements by GPs come early – double the rate seen just five years ago.
There is a shortfall of 40,000 nurses in the NHS in England alone.
The NHS spends almost £1.5bn a year on temporary nursing staff to cover this shortage.
7 out of 10 newly qualified nurses quit their role within a year….. some move trusts but 7 out of 10!!
35% of nurses are thinking of leaving their job.
Applications to study nursing down 30% since introduction of student loans.
Since the Brexit vote, there has been a 28% increase in the number of EU nurses leaving Britain.
Overseas applications for nursing roles have fallen by a staggering 87% in the past 12 months
These statistics come from a Report for the Open University, Tackling Nursing Shortages, 2019.
Should we encourage nurses to nurse and doctors to doctor, and not give them even more reason to quit the NHS than they already have?
What do you think?

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