GP Recruitment and Spending in Wales: The GP spending share of the health budget has plunged from the highs of 2005-2006

By reports for Wales On Line 13th January 2014: Funding of GPs in Wales has slumped to lowest level in a decade

The GP spending share of the health budget has plunged from the highs of 2005-2006

“The scale of the decline in funding of frontline GP services in the Welsh NHS has been revealed after the Welsh Government confirmed its share of total spending had plunged to its lowest level in a decade last year.

In answer to a written question to Conservative Assembly Member Mohammad Asghar, Health Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed the share of NHS spending for General Practice (GP) care was 7.87% in 2012-2013 – down from a high of 10.27% in 2005-2006 and 8.15% in 2003-2004……

So much for a Primary Care and Patient Centred Health Service. GPs have listened to doublespeak for many years now… Listen to Jon Skone’s Interview on this website to hear how the demands of Emergency Care always trump Primary Care in Trust Board meetings… The knock on is to recruitment of GPs (N Wales has been one of the worst areas for years) and recently the number of applicants for GP Training in Wales has been very low, and places are filled by reluctant rejects from other Deaneries.

Read what Plaid Cymru feels and sent as an article to the Western Mail (which they refused to print)…. Once again however their focus is on District General Hospitals (DGHs) and not General Practice.

“Wales has fewer doctors per head of population than Kazakhstan and Moldova and lies 22nd in a league table of 24 European countries for clinical staff, Plaid Cymru claimed.

Analysis of World Health Organization figures showed Wales had 24 physicians per 10,000 people compared to 38 in Kazakhstan and 36 in Moldova. Only Poland and Romania employed fewer doctors by comparison…..”

North Wales has worst doctor shortage in the country – Wales Online

NHS recruits thousands of doctors from Third World – Daily Mail

‘Postcode lottery’ access to out-of-hours GP help criticised – Wales

BBC News – ‘Crisis’ GP shortage in rural north Wales, doctor claims

But doctor shortages are true of Australian Outback, Canadian Tundra and Arizona in the USA… All unpopular places need to incentivize doctors to stay for a period… and Medical Education in Deaneries such as Wales, needs a strategy to encourage more applicants. If that means pairing with Cornwall and/or Ireland for West Wales, or with the Midlands or Medway for North Wales then that is worth trying… If young doctors stay in their formative years they may well marry a local person and settle down…

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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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