Doctors vote for GP surgeries to shut at 5pm making it even harder to secure appointments

He told conference attendees: “I know too many GPs who have quit their partnerships [or] their salaried jobs or who are just coming out of training who are not prepared to take on a permanent role because of the hours and because they cannot see a way to make it work with childcare opening hours and with family life.

“Do you want some of their time or do you want none of their time – just little bits in locums here there and everywhere?”

Industry chiefs fear that more doctors have chosen to leave the profession than enter, creating a shortage. 

Recent figures show a collapse in the number of full-time GPs, with the fifth monthly year-on-year drop.