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GP contract delay hits recruitment

GP recruitment has suffered a major setback because of the contract delay, LMCs have warned.

LMCs in recruitment troublespots complained the delay has left potential GPs uncertain about their future, locums in limbo and trusts unable to plan for the year ahead.

Dr Ivan Wisely, secretary of Grampian LMC, said the number of GPs who wanted to commit to a career in north-east Scotland was falling 'by the week'.

'I think the delay is creating an enormous amount of uncertainty. We only had four local candidates for 30 GP registrar places,' he said. 'Every- thing is in a state of limbo. There is a lack of information to help the trust form policies.'

Dr Steve Blair, assistant secretary of Newcastle and North Tyneside LMC, said the delay had set back recruitment drives by two months: 'Meetings planned to discuss the contract proposals and what we were going to do about recruitment will now happen eight weeks later than they would have done.'

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