Buckman calls for action to avert GP jobs crisis
By Steve Nowottny
GPC chair Dr Laurence Buckman has called on every practice in the country to take on one more GP in order to halt the profession's mounting jobs crisis.
Dr Buckman made the call in his annual report to the BMA's Annual Representatives' Meeting in Edinburgh.
'We must give all GPs a feeling of belonging to a practice as permanent staff, not just looking in,' he said. 'I realise that this is not easy.'
'All of us need to think how we could recruit at least one more GP to our own practice establishment. Our patients need them.'
Recent Government policies had only contributed to the problems faced by the 'next generation of GPs', he added.
'The trainees' supplement is continuing to fall. Now the Government is going to charge junior doctors to sleep in the hospital,' he said. 'That'll help recruitment.'
His comments came as delegates overwhelmingly passed a motion praising the 'invaluable contribution made by sessional doctors to the delivery of general practice patient care' and calling on the association to 'strongly encourage' practices to appoint profit-sharing partners to vacancies.
Dr Alex Smallwood, chair of the GP Trainees subcommittee, said practice vacancies often attracted more than 100 applications.
'Inaction now will irrevocably damage our profession with the gradual creep to private providers,' he warned.