It takes 10 years to train a GP. There is no prospect of the 200 extra GP trainees needed per annum, when the total capacity is about 140 per annum now. There are schemes to attract doctors to Wales, such as £20,000 inducement for trainees, funding for moving and/or first exams taken, and other perks. However I am told that trainees will need to promise not to leave Wales for a year after completing training. (Contravening European Convention of Human Rights?) NHSreality takes issue with the college on only one issue: there is no longer an NHS. The evidence is all around the citizens of Wales, with limited access, much reduced choices, and covert post-code rationing. When the WHO reports on the 4 UK Health systems Wales will almost certainly have the worse figures for perinatal mortality, maternal mortality, life expectancy, obesity and smoking…
The solutions are all long term. They have been addressed many times, and ignored for 4 years on NHSreality. There is no reason to think this will change. Welcome to the reality of a two tier health service.
In the latest Welsh newsletter, Rebecca Payne, the chair states:
This edition focuses on workforce, RCGP has been consistently calling for a rise in the workforce in Wales. Latest calculations show that 500 more full time equivalent GPs will be needed by the end of this assembly term in 2021 (5 years time)
Over 2000 more Full Time GPs would be needed to enter the workforce each year to make this a reality, and so we are acalling for more GP training places in Wales, as well as increases in the share of NHS funding going to General Practice, so that Wales becomes an attractive place to train and work. …..
She has also welcomed increased funding…. but will it make any difference to you and me? Not for some years yet.