The profession has been warning the public for years. Now it is happening, and NHSreality says it’s just too little’ too late, and it’s got to get worse. Bribery and inducement payments will perhaps attract a few, often overseas trained doctors to rural Wales, but it needs much more, and over far longer time horizons to solve the shortage.
Patients could be left without a GP if family doctors over the age of 55 cannot be dissuaded from taking early retirement, the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.
The college, the professional body for family doctors, says nearly 600 practices face closure because they depend on GPs who are near retirement.
Professor Maureen Baker, its chairwoman, has written to Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, to press him to introduce a scheme to retain older GPs.
It would include opportunities for them to work flexibly and the appointment of medical assistants to help with administration.
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