Scottish doctors in rush to quit

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A Scotland-wide survey among family doctors has shown a crisis of morale among GPs which needs urgent attention, the Scottish Liberal Democrats said yesterday.

The survey showed a "massive level of unhappiness" with 51 per cent of doctors considering leaving medicine. It also revealed that 94 per cent were dissatisfied with the present two-tier GP system and more than one- third were not satisfied with their jobs.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats' survey claims this dissatisfaction comes in the main from an increase in bureaucracy caused by government reforms. However, some 85 per cent would prefer to build on the present system rather than reorganise again.