Kat Lay reports in The Times 19th June 2015: GPs to receive ‘golden hellos’ in hiring drive. Manpower planning is not exactly rocket science. Indeed it certainly isn’t exact… and don’t we all know it when there are no appointments with our GP! If the shires and the wonderful counties such as Cornwall are having difficulty recruiting, then short term inducement payments to go to inner cities are unlikely to succeed in a “rationing by undercapacity”, unreal market.. The Post Code lottery will continue, and of course these inducements don’t apply to Wales, N Ireland and Scotland…
GPs will be offered “golden hellos” as part of a package to recruit medical staff in areas of high demand, the health secretary will announce today.
Jeremy Hunt will set out plans to recruit 5,000 more GPs, and another 5,000 professionals such as pharmacists and community nurses to work alongside them in practices.
In return for investment and a reduction in red tape, GPs will be expected to start offering patients appointments seven days a week, as well as facing more scrutiny. Mr Hunt will announce a review by the Health Foundation of how GP care is measured, with a view to developing a “scorecard” for each practice on the MyNHS website.
It could mean practices are ranked on how well they deal with over-70s, people with long-term conditions and those with mental health conditions.
Mr Hunt, who will speak at the Nelson Medical Practice in southwest London, is expected to say: “Deals have two parties, so I want to be upfront, this is not about change I can deliver on my own. If we are to have a new deal I will need your co-operation and support.”
Mr Hunt will also announce a national marketing campaign, aimed at attracting the best and brightest students, and incentives such as offering new recruits an extra year of specialist training relevant to working as a GP. NHS England will publish data highlighting areas with the greatest shortages of GPs, and doctors may be offered financial incentives to attract them into those areas.
Maureen Baker, who chairs the Royal College of GPs, called for a “clear and costed” plan and timescale for the commitments.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a recruitment drive to secure a “dramatic” 10% increase in GPs, in a bid to deliver a seven-day service.
Mr Hunt said he wants to create flexibility for working patients and allow vulnerable people to have longer appointments, as he encouraged medical graduates to become family doctors.
He added that general practice is more important now than ever before as the NHS faces unprecedented pressures due to its rapidly ageing population and patients with increasingly complex needs.