Disintegration? Plaid Cymru publishes proposals to recruit an extra 1,000 doctors to Welsh NHS. Meanwhile a “managed service”..

Julia McWatt for Walesonline 13th January reports: Plaid Cymru publishes proposals to recruit an extra 1,000 doctors to Welsh NHS  The disintegration of the GP services in rural Wales is beginning, after 20 years of rationing by deliberate undercapacity. Kidwelly practice (Llanelli Star Jan 21st 2015: Kidwelly Surgery Action Plan) and Goodwick (Fishguard) (Pembrokeshire Herald February 6th – not on line at posting) will be “managed” by the Hywel Dda Local Health Board, possibly as a prelude to a salaried service for GP provision in Wales…. Both practices had experienced senior partners running them – until they announced their retirement…. How naïve can you get?  Proposing 1000 doctors is magic… and will take at least 10 years to train, or one year to “poach” from other countries. Plaid competes with Labour for the biggest magic in Wales.

Plaid Cymru publishes proposals to recruit an extra 1,000 doctors to Welsh NHS  – The party claims that measures such as financial incentives could help tackle recruitment difficulties and avoid service reconfiguration

Proposals to address ongoing recruitment difficulties in the Welsh NHS by attracting 1,000 extra doctors have been put forward.

Launching a new consultation document today, Plaid Cymru propose initiatives such as paying off the debt of student doctors as part of a package of measures to recruit a consultants, middle grade doctors, GPs and junior doctors to areas where staffing shortages are an issue.

The party says that by paying off debts, student doctors would have to spend a portion of their training and early employment in an under-served area.

Recruitment in certain regions alongside some specialities, including paediatrics and emergency medicine, has been an ongoing problem and has been part of both health boards’ and the Welsh Government’s argument for reconfiguring some hospital services across the country.

Measures to centralise services in West and North Wales are pushing ahead, and plans under the South Wales Programme are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

But Plaid Cymru claims reconfiguration has put services at threat and believes recruiting the extra staff will avoid this.

Other measures to achieve this include ‘golden hellos’ for posts that are difficult to fill, putting further emphasis on research to make Wales more attractive to work in, revamping training for postgraduate doctors to improve current skills and recruiting doctors from foreign countries as short term solution of staffing shortages….

Abracadabra – problems disappear. The Kings Fund 11th March 17.30…..

More magic – Labour will “create” 20,000 more nurses and 8000 more GPs

Labour philosophy on health – in Wales anyway – explains some of the thinking which has led to the current crisis.

The current state of the managed care group



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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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