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'Give GPs more cash for working in capital'

GPs should get bigger golden hellos and extra cash for training and accommodation to entice them to work in the capital, the London Assembly has been told.

Dr Peter McRorie, head of graduate entry at St George's Hospital Medical School, south London, told the assembly's health committee that GPs should be indentured to qualify for the money.

Giving evidence as part of the committee's investigation into GP recruitment, Dr McRorie said extra cash was the only way to encourage new GPs to replace the one in four set to retire over the next five years.

'They could be given an incentive that would tie them into doing a service where they train,' he told Pulse. 'If they give them fees or living expenses they could sign them up to work during holidays.'

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