Funding threat to GP training places
By Pulse news desk
Training places for GPs are coming under threat amid warnings over cutbacks in funding, Pulse has learned.
Some practices attempting to take on a second registrar are already struggling to gain funding and an NHS report identifies training as an area that could be targeted for future cuts.
The pressure on funding has come as demand for training places increases, with many registrars attempting to gain experience in their second year of study after qualification.
A workforce investment plan for 2010/12 by NHS East of England warned funding for all health service training contained in the Multi Professional Education and Training (MPET) budget was ‘unclear' from 2010/11 onwards.
It picked out the Medical and Dental Education Levy (MADEL), which covers GP training funding, as one area that could be under threat.
The document said: ‘The Workforce Executive team will be exploring a range of scenarios from small, continued growth to the impact of a potential reduction in allocations from 2010/11 onwards.'
‘In the event national efficiency savings are required in 2010/11, all MPET budget components (including pre-registration contract levels and MADEL funding) will need to be reviewed to secure any required efficiency contribution.'
Dr Alison Arnott, a GP trainer in Bethnal Green, east London, said there were already problems securing funding for training places in her area. ‘There are more people to train than there are vacancies. More and more doctors require placements because some of them come out earlier than they used to in the second year of their GP training,' she said.
‘My understanding was that if you had two registrars you would get a second grant, but it seems there may be problems securing that.'RCGP RCGP Guest editor