The General Medical Council (GMC) has published a report which addresses the impact of NHS workforce crisis on medical professionals. The report warns that urgent action is needed to break a ‘vicious cycle’ of unmanageable workloads, dissatisfaction, and burnout in the workforce.

Read GMC’s statement: ‘Vicious cycle’ must be broken to tackle NHS workforce crisis, GMC warns
Read the full report: The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2023

We have issued the following statement in response to this.

Chief Executive Janet Morrison, said:

“The GMC’s report is yet another clear signal of the scale of the mounting the NHS workforce crisis, and this is not limited to general practice: community pharmacies are also suffering the consequences of it. Pharmacy teams are overstretched, feeling immense pressures, and dealing with significantly increased workloads. Pharmacy owners are also finding it impossible to make ends meet, not least given the rising staffing costs which are being driven up by workforce issues. Pharmacies are feeling the knock-on effect from the crisis as more people than ever are turning to pharmacies for help as they struggle to access General Practice.

The workforce issues are urgent. We need to avoid catastrophe, safeguard the wellbeing of people working in primary care and ultimately protect patient safety. The upcoming NHS workforce plan must start to address this issue and come alongside an end to the recruitment of pharmacists into the ARRS scheme.”

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