The Government will fail to attract even half of the 5,000 extra GPs it promised by 2020, a Pulse analysis has revealed. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE AT PULSE MAGAZINE
Pulse has calculated that, unless there are drastic changes in the number of people leaving and entering the profession, the Government is on course for increasing the workforce by 2,100 in the best case scenario.
At the current rate, there will be around 13,000 GPs entering the system by 2020, including:
- 11,800 GPs trained by Health Education England by 2020, followingdisappointing recruitment over the past four years and a drop in applications for training this year;
- 1,000 UK-trained GPs registering an interest in returning from overseas based on figures received by Pulse from Health Education England.
But this is balanced out by:
- 3,500 GPs applying for certificates to work abroad, based on figures from the GMC showing 700 GPs in England are applying every year;
- 7,200 retiring over five years, based on figures obtained by Pulse from the NHS Business Authority that show around 1,400 GPs in England retired in 2014.