The GP recruitment farce – Mr Hunt never said the 5000 would come from the UK!

There is a media based farce, based on lies, obfuscation, deception and long-time covert rationing of places in Medical School. The threat to reduce GP trainee pay, allied to the recruitment issues is going to kill the Regional Health Services. Political denial is of epidemic proportions… The Post Code lottery of recruitment to the different Regional Health Services is revealed in the map.

Charlie Cooper in The Independent 8th August 2015 reports: Cutting trainee GP pay subsidies will put patients at risk, doctors tell Jeremy Hunt

Sophie Borland on 13th August 2015 reports: Too few trainee for evening GPs: Fifth of total number of posts are unfulfilled as young doctors look for work as a specialist

David Millett in GP Magasine 14th August reports: NHS officials insist 5,000 GP target will be met despite low trainee recruitment and Map: Regional variation in GP trainee vacancies revealed

Senior NHS officials have insisted that plans to recruit 5,000 GPs in the next five years will be met, despite warnings from top GPs that the ‘ludicrous promise’ was undeliverable following low trainee uptake.

Map recruitment




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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.

1 thought on “The GP recruitment farce – Mr Hunt never said the 5000 would come from the UK!

  1. Pingback: The hidden danger ahead. GP practices may not have the financial strength and planning foresight to trade through when wages rise. | NHS reality. An NHS soapbox. Speakers' corner for the NHS.

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