A series of intellectually and ideologically bancrupt administrations has led us to a GP recruitment crisis.

Not to have enough staff to diagnose patients means nurses waste more resources, and refer more patients for more investigations. The efficient GP of yesteryear, “living with uncertainty” for a period of time, saving resources by allowing the natural course of disease to take place (in 80%) seems to be dying. The result has to […]

The history of denial in GP recruitment: over 50 years. The result of a sustained collusion of denial.. It’s going to get worse..

The government announced on Radio 4 today 7th April 2016 that it would recruit 6000 (not 600!) (Belfast Telegraph says 400) GPs from India. Medical Schools in India produce 80% of their doctors privately, 20% are state funded. The only criterion for entry to private medical schools are to achieve grades (almost all do) and then to […]

GPs reject MBAs. It’s no wonder… GP recruitment scheme offering MBAs scrapped after it attracts no GPs…

My own experience in having an MBA is not good. Whilst the degree was of great help personally, and I could see that Trust Boards had need of GPs with such qualifications, the operational aspects are not seen as important to most board members or disengaged physicians, and nobody is interested to hear the strategic views of […]

The GP recruitment farce – Mr Hunt never said the 5000 would come from the UK!

There is a media based farce, based on lies, obfuscation, deception and long-time covert rationing of places in Medical School. The threat to reduce GP trainee pay, allied to the recruitment issues is going to kill the Regional Health Services. Political denial is of epidemic proportions… The Post Code lottery of recruitment to the different Regional […]

NHS chief brands GP recruitment strategy ‘crazy’. Now that government has abandoned it, is General Practice is a key election issue

Sofia Lind reports in GP Magazine 1st September 2014: NHS chief brands GP recruitment strategy ‘crazy’ Now that government has abandoned it, is General Practice is a key election issue? Which party can magic GPs from nowhere in 5 years? Responding to questioning by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today (Monday), Mr Stevens said ‘there clearly […]

Doctor’s warning over “perfect storm” GP recruitment crisis

The Eastern Daily press 5th July reports: Doctor’s warning over “perfect storm” GP recruitment crisis Senior doctors have warned that more health practices will be forced to de-register patients in East Anglia because of a national GP recruitment crisis.   Patients spoke of their anger last month after Watton Medical Practice told 1,500 people that […]

Choice is not all it is made out to be – without overcapacity including GP recruitment

In “Bitter Medicine” on 24th April the Economist comments on the NHS (England) reforms.  The article uses selective use of information to support a political argument and belief. The benefits of “choice” and competition are only available to those well informed or assertive few in rural areas, and the citizens of large cities. Without “overcapacity”, […]

Fresh concerns raised about GP recruitment after figures showed more than 40% rise in number of GPs over age of 55 in past decade

Julia McWatt for Wales on lone (Western Mail) reports 27th March 2014: Fresh concerns raised about GP recruitment after figures showed more than 40% rise in number of GPs over age of 55 in past decade  Fresh concerns have been raised on recruitment and retention of GPs in Wales after latest figures revealed more than a […]

Doctors warn GP recruitment crisis threatens patient care

The Glasgow Herald reports 6th March 2014: Doctors warn GP recruitment crisis threatens patient care DOCTORS are warning a recruitment crisis is threatening services in GP surgeries and out-of-hours medical centres in Scotland. DOCTORS are warning a recruitment crisis is threatening services in GP surgeries and out-of-hours medical centres in Scotland. Custom byline text: helen […]

Describing GP recruitment as a ‘crisis’ could be worsening the problem, warns Health Minister

Listen to Jon Skone’s Interview and think why all these good words will not result in action. The pressure from Emergency Hospital Services is always going to trump Primary Care and prevention and early diagnosis. Julia McWatt for The Western Mail and WalesonLine 19th February 2014 reports: “Describing GP recruitment as a ‘crisis’ could be worsening the […]