Jeremy Hunt to unveil state-backed GP indemnity deal. Bribery is an admission of perverse recruitment and education processes..

GPonline reports 12th October (Jeremy Bostock): Jeremy Hunt to unveil state-backed GP indemnity deal

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will reveal plans for a ‘state-backed scheme for clinical negligence indemnity for general practice’ at the RCGP annual conference in Liverpool on Thursday.

This “Bribery” is an admission of perverse recruitment and education processes over many administrations. Rationing of training places and recruiting from overseas 6 years later….

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The anxiety about indemnity is evident in GP Frontline – Raging against the rising costs of medical indemnity (Author unknown) ,and in numerous recent publications.

Anu Patel on 23rd March: Indemnity: Rising indemnity costs are a threat to general practice

David Millett on 9th October: Thousands of GPs urged to write to MPs about indemnity

It is no wonder that bribes have been offered, and in Wlaes this has helped fill some GP Training posts, but as predicted, England has, in a competitive market, offered to march the inducement fees of £20K.

Alex Matthews-King in March Pulse: £20,000 GP ‘golden handshake’ scheme to be expanded this year

BBC News today 12th October: Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 ‘golden hello’ for rural GPs

Newly-qualified GPs are to be offered a one-off payment of £20,000 if they start their careers in areas that struggle to attract family doctors.

The £4m scheme, to be announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, aims to boost the numbers of doctors in rural and coastal areas of England.

Mr Hunt will also pledge to “secure general practice for the future”.

The Royal College of GPs backed the plan saying there is a “serious shortage” of family doctors.

The one-off payment will be offered to 200 GPs from 2018.

As of September 2016, there were 41,985 GPs in England.

Mr Hunt is due to speak at the Royal College of GPs’ annual conference in Liverpool, where he will offer something for those already in the profession too, by announcing plans for flexible working for older doctors – to encourage them to put off retirement.

He will also confirm plans for an overseas recruitment office which will aim to attract GPs from countries outside Europe to work in England.

“By introducing targeted support for vulnerable areas and tackling head-on critical issues such as higher indemnity fees and the recruitment and retention of more doctors, we can strengthen and secure general practice for the future,” the health secretary will say.

The Royal College of GPs said the package must be delivered in full and welcomed the commitment to incentivise working in remote and rural areas.

NHS England has already pledged an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice in England – part of which will fund plans for 5,000 extra GPs by 2020.

But Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, said the government was not on course to reach that target.

“General practice is facing unprecedented pressure from rising workload, stagnating budgets and a workforce crisis,” he said.

“‘Golden hellos’ are not a new idea and unlikely to solve the overall workforce crisis given we are failing badly to train enough GPs to meet current demands.”

In 2016, the BBC learned that there were some practices in England offering a bonus of up to £10,000 to attract new doctors.

But The Nuffield Trust think tank said recruitment was “only half the battle”.

“The NHS is struggling to hang on to qualified GPs, with surveys showing 56% plan to retire or leave practice early. Many trainees also drop out when they finish,” said senior policy fellow Rebecca Rosen.

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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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