Published: 10/01/2001, Volume 112, No. 5787 Page 8

The number of GPs could be increased significantly if child care arrangements were improved in the NHS, according to 70 per cent of GPs aged in their 20s and early 30s.The responses came in a national survey of more than half of GPs carried out by the British Medical Association.The survey also showed that 40 per cent of the youngest GPs want to reduce their hours of work in the next five years, and that more than 60 per cent of those aged under 30 are attracted to the idea of becoming a salaried GP.The BMA has also called for the numerous bodies and systems for inspecting and regulating the performance of doctors to be streamlined. It says that although most of the visits under the current regulatory system are entirely appropriate, there needs to be better coordination between the bodies to share information and reduce workload.

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