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GP battles early drop out rates

Dr Keith Redhead is heading a scheme to combat the high drop-out rate of GPs in the first six months of practice.

The PMS-funded scheme hopes to attract four newly qualified GPs on a salary of £55,000 with no out-of-hours and the opportunity to gain a qualification at the local university and also work alongside hospital consultants.

The GPs will be offered mentoring and the opportunity to 'really feel' what it is like to be a GP by working alongside volunteering practices.

Dr Redhead, GP course organiser to the King's Lynn VTS, expects it to entice more GPs to become partners instead of non-principals.

He said: 'This scheme gives people a further opportunity, without the threat of assessment, to produce an individual learning plan in a

general practice, not as a trainee but as a

qualified GP.'

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