Yes, its going to get even worse. Despite the Brexit promise to let fewer immigrants into the UK, we are going to have to reverse this for doctors. Will they be trained adequately? Will their communication skills, and cultural awareness be enough? Will they incur more litigation? and Will they be needed more where they come from? Will they deny our own medical students places in GP? The promise of 5000 extra GPs is beyond belief, as it will take another 10 years to train enough. Those working can pick and choose, and it can be lucrative to burn yourself out.
This is all the result of the rationing of medical school places, the power of Deaneries, and their inability to embrace on line learning. The virtual medical school is an urgent need..
And another Hospital will close: Rothbury Hospital future ‘to be decided in summer’. The delay is just window dressing for the inevitable. Its a GP Hospital, after all….
GP recruitment is getting worse too. Even in the richer and more desirable areas of the UK.
16th Jan 2019 from GPonline: GMC to double PLAB test capacity to boost recruitment of overseas …
Pulse on 10th Jan reports: No target date for recruiting 5000 extra GPs, says health secretary
The Guardian: New GPs sign up to poorest areas after £20000 incentives
Some parts of England have three times as many people per GP than … (INews) . West Sussex, the second worst place to get sick, there are 2,997 people per GP. … There are areas that aren’t seeing investment in GPs, and RCGP … Hello scheme to attract GPs to areas struggling to recruit GPs, Pulse, ..