Desperate times demand desperate measures…

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.

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Sarah-Kate Templeton reports in the Sunday Times 25th September 2016: Practices at risk as GPs retire early

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.

The government wants to…

Emma Wilkinson reports 19th October in Pulse: Welsh Government announces £240m boost to NHS funding

Tonypandy GP’s long-term recruitment worries and Owain Clarke reports on £20,000 trainee GP offer to boost doctor recruitment

Nick Triggle confounds us with figures, but rightly raises the idea that it’s all damn lies and statistics when it comes to government figures. NHS funding: Is £10bn rise really a cut?

Its going to get worse…



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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.

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