Why not become a locum? Earn more, Standard hours of your own choice, no administration and control of your own life? If I was a GP today, would I worry about losing my status as a “principal” or GP partner? Obviously GPs want to feel secure and this is a historic attraction of the professions, which my mother always reminded me of when choosing a career. Now they are feeling insecure and out of control of their own lives, and with the added disincentive of forced mobility on top of having a family late, there are going to be fewer and fewer applicants. Wales is trying to counter this lack of applicants into GP Training with a Welsh Deanery contract, but a perverse incentive might be that then they can move trainees around – as hospitals such as Withybush close down departments… It won’t work when Wales is less popular than England for other reasons – educational standards being a major concern for doctors. When England increases it’s number of recruits to Core Medical Training, suddenly, it is Wales that suffers from the neglectful undercapacity….
Recent budget cuts in Sheffield (Alex Evans in The Star 11th July 2015: Over 60 Sheffield GP surgeries face huge budget cuts after funding shake-up)
… the worst-affected practices in some of the city’s most deprived areas facing potential closure.
NHS England funding changes mean 62 out of 87 city surgeries will lose funding.
A total of 11 surgeries will lose more than £20 per weighted patient – up to £30.97 – equivalent to several hundred thousand pounds per year.