‘Do more to monitor GPs vacancies’, says Plaid Cymru – but don’t do anything about it..

BBC News 27th November 2014 reports: ‘Do more to monitor GPs vacancies’, says Plaid Cymru

GP recruitment is a good example of denial, and not even bolting the stable door … It looks like recruitment from abroad again for Wales… In my own Vocational Training Scheme, in the last 5 years, about 30% of those trained have left to go abroad.. or are not doing General Practice.  What do the politicians plan to do about the worsening situation?

More must be done to monitor the number and location of GP vacancies in Wales at a time of “crisis” in recruiting and retaining doctors, says Plaid Cymru.

Health spokeswoman Elin Jones AM said it was “incredible” that no national figures were kept on the GP data.

The Welsh government said it was the responsibility of health boards to keep track of the issue.

It added it was working to promote Wales as an attractive place to live and work.

BBC Radio Cymru’s Manylu programme submitted a Freedom of Information Request to find out how many GP vacancies there are in Wales, and which areas are struggling to recruit doctors…..

…Nefyn surgery, in Gwynedd, is one of those experiencing difficulties having failed to recruit a partner for the last three years

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Rural healthcare standards worry

GP service facing ‘crisis’ warning


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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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