Neil Roberts for GPonline 10th May 2017 reports: Almost one in four GP vacancies unfilled for more than a year
The Press Association reports in the Guardian: GP recruitment crisis intensifies as vacancies soar to 12.2%
and of course this has been known for at least 10 years… BMA – GP recruitment problems increase (June 2016)
ITV News says its “staggering”: Staggering’ GP recruitment problem hits new high – but waht is staggering is that the problem has not been addressed for so long. (ITV News )
The reason lies in our short term political system.
It’s going to get worse.
This quotation applies equally to love and marriage as to the Health Services:
If you want something for ever you treat it differently. You shield and protest it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it becomes tarnished you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you made it so, and it grows more beautiful and special as time goes by. F Burton Howard.
The rationing of places at Medical School and at Nursing School is a scandal. The prime duty of the state is to keep its citizens safe. All systems are melting down, including IT, and can only be saved with a long term view. Political parties promising to provide money will not clone doctors or nurses..