Desperate times – golden “hellos” for the new GP who elects to sacrifice his children

The attractiveness of this suggestion has already been tested in the Welsh Valleys. GPs do not wish to sacrifice their children on the alter of poorer state education in deprived areas. To be successful this scheme needs more money, and to provide educational grants similar to those available to the armed forces overseas.

The Telegraph (Laura Donelly) reports 2nd February 2016: Junior doctors offered £20,000 ‘golden hello’ to train as a GP

Junior doctors are to be offered a lump sum of £20,000 on top of their salaries, if they will train as a GP in parts of the country with the greatest shortages

Trainee GPs will be offered “golden hellos” of £20,000 on top of their salaries, in a bid to attract doctors to parts of the country which are most short of doctors.

The lump sums will be given to those who take up posts in areas including the Lake District, Isle of Wight and Lincolnshire, amid a national shortage of family doctors.

Patients groups said the plans amounted to “bribery” and said it was “depressing” that lump sums were needed to attract doctors to attractive parts of the country.

It comes ahead of a national plan to attempt to boost GP numbers, amid a growing crisis, which has left 10 million patients a year struggling to get an appointment.

Official figures show the number waiting at least a week to see a GP has risen by one third in three years.Attempts to offer “golden hellos” to trained GPs have had little success.

GPs in Leicester were offered a £20,000 lump sum on top of a £110,000 annual salary, but in the scheme’s first year, just five of 22 practices managed to recruit.

The new plan will see 109 junior doctors receive a lump sum of £20,000 on top of average earnings of around £45,000 in their first year of GP training.

Once qualified, the average GP earns around £105,000.

Joyce Robins from Patient Concern said: “It is bribery. And it is depressing the NHS has to offer £20,000 to young medics to work in parts of the country that are quite attractive. But if they simply cannot recruit GPs in certain areas, then this is what they will have to resort to.”

The financial incentive will be made available to GP trainees studying in Lincolnshire, East Cumbria, West Lakes, South Cumbria, Blackpool, Northern Lincolnshire and Isle of Wight.

Senior doctors said the lump sum was not enough, and said the NHS should also step in to pay off medics’ student loans.

The Government has pledged to increase GP numbers by 5,000 by 2020, in a bid to keep pace with an ageing population.

But new figures today show the number of trainees applying to become a GP have fallen by five per cent in one year.

But new UK-wide figures – obtained by Pulse magazine – suggest the proportion of doctors applying for GP specialty training starting this August reached a record low.

It said there were 4,863 applications for 3,790 GP training posts in August 2016, compared with 5,112 at the same stage in 2015.Attempts to offer “golden hellos” to trained GPs have had little success.

GPs in Leicester were offered a £20,000 lump sum on top of a £110,000 annual salary, but in the scheme’s first year, just five of 22 practices managed to recruit.

The new plan will see 109 junior doctors receive a lump sum of £20,000 on top of average earnings of around £45,000 in their first year of GP training.

Once qualified, the average GP earns around £105,000.

Joyce Robins from Patient Concern said: “It is bribery. And it is depressing the NHS has to offer £20,000 to young medics to work in parts of the country that are quite attractive. But if they simply cannot recruit GPs in certain areas, then this is what they will have to resort to.”

The financial incentive will be made available to GP trainees studying in Lincolnshire, East Cumbria, West Lakes, South Cumbria, Blackpool, Northern Lincolnshire and Isle of Wight.

Senior doctors said the lump sum was not enough, and said the NHS should also step in to pay off medics’ student loans.

The Government has pledged to increase GP numbers by 5,000 by 2020, in a bid to keep pace with an ageing population.

But new figures today show the number of trainees applying to become a GP have fallen by five per cent in one year.

But new UK-wide figures – obtained by Pulse magazine – suggest the proportion of doctors applying for GP specialty training starting this August reached a record low.

It said there were 4,863 applications for 3,790 GP training posts in August 2016, compared with 5,112 at the same stage in 2015.

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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.

One thought on “Desperate times – golden “hellos” for the new GP who elects to sacrifice his children

  1. ytimba

    £20k+ £110k enough to jump into the cesspit of life as a GP in the UK or £200k to work in Queensland …. no contest , unless you are ” embedded ” into your community no new GP would think twice about emigrating on the day they pick up the Ticket to practise…(MRCGP)

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