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At the heart of general practice since 1960

Crisis looms in GP training

From Dr Margaret Safranek

Muswell Hill

North-west London

The lack of workforce planning in the NHS never ceases to amaze.

Six years ago we were delighted to hear that numbers of medical students would increase to supply the doctors we need, and now the panic reaction of the Government to budget deficits means that large numbers of them cannot find jobs.

What a waste of talent and money.

No doubt over the next

few years we shall see a new brain drain of these unemployed young doctors who are sorely needed in the NHS.

This is affecting GP training too. Our practice has been training registrars for more than 20 years with great success but now, with only two months' notice, we are told we shall not have a registrar this summer.

Indeed, there is only one registrar allocated to our area which includes nine training practices.

No doubt we can count on a severe shortage of GPs in a few years time.

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