Closure of Hospital inevitable. Enormous shortage of GPs. A&E target times in Wales worse than last winter

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..

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Owain Clarke for BBC News 24th January reports: A&E target times in Wales worse than last winter

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.

Kentonline 21st Jan 2019: GP numbers in Swale and Thanet among worst in England as NHS … and Luke May reports: GP surgeries in parts of Kent have just one doctor looking after thousands 

Worcestershire one of the worst areas for recruiting GPs

£20000 ‘golden hello’ doubles GP recruitment in under-doctored areas

Demand for Wokingham health services leaves NHS with recruitment challenges

Fancy £20000? Trainee GPs given cash windfall to work in Staffordshire

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

‘There’s no easy fix’ warns GP as scale of doctor shortage revealed

The Lynn News: National scheme hopes to boost trainee GP numbers in West Norfolk

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, ..

Renfrewshire medical practice left with no permanent GPs after doctor …

TheGazette.co.uk22 Jan 2019
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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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