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Course organisers fear job losses

GP course organisers fear their jobs may be under threat in a new round of training cuts.

West Midlands deanery is undergoing a wholesale review

of its activities following the creation of a new strategic health authority covering the region.

One course organiser in the West Midlands, who asked not to be named, said she understood the authority was putting 'downward pressure' on West Midlands Workforce Deanery.

'As a result, they are going to have to review employment because that's the biggest cost,' she said.

Course organisers have been told that a decision will be made by April but they fear that some could be made redundant.

The source said: 'It's a bit disheartening really, but being reasonable people we can also see that the deanery has got its hands tied.'

Professor Ruth Chambers, director of postgraduate general practice education at the deanery, said the review was ongoing.

She said: 'No decisions on the number of GP educators have been made.'

A spokeswoman for West Midlands SHA said course organisers would be an integral part of a proposed new school for general practice.

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