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Cynical education cuts undermining GPs

Shortsighted cutbacks in education funding are undermining the whole foundation of general practice, LMC representatives concluded.

GPs condemned ministers for 'cynically' cutting funding for education by giving deaneries more responsibilities but not backing the move up with the required resources.

They demanded the GPC take action against the cuts.

Dr Hashard Mistry, deputy-chair of Cambridge LMC, said continuing professional development (CPD) 'must be seen as an investment'.

He said: 'GP trainers are invaluable. GPs can understand and deliver on the outcomes of appraisals. It is crucial for us to engage in CPD.'

LMC representatives instructed the GPC to negotiate an immediate increase in resources for education, a 'substantial' rise in the trainers' grant and to resolve the problem of missing employers' superannuation payments in trainers' grants.

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