GP recruitment and confidence crisis

David Bailey in Pulse Magasine, a GP and Primary Care magasine, reports GPs’
confidence crisis has created the shortfall of new trainees

Plenty of elements are conspiring against general practice, writes Dr David Bailey, but
uncertainty is the most off-putting.

The problems facing GPs as self-employed practitioners are well summarised in Pulse and the magazine is worth looking at from time to time. Its interesting that manpower planning failed to predict that whilst Performance Indicators are useful and productive in the short term, the evidence for long term benefit, for GPs and others, and especially in staff morale is not available. The writing has been on the wall since Pulse published a leading article in 18th December 2002.

The shape of a job  The shape of a jobindicates that the more rules and regulations the more a job feels like a straightjacket, especially to those who cannot adapt and who have known something better.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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