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GP recruitment gap is turning into a chasm

The latest set of dire Government statistics on GP recruitment has revealed a widening divide between the haves and have- nots in general practice. A hard core of practices in deprived urban and rural areas cannot recruit for love nor money. These practices say: 'We'll have anybody'. The problem is nobody wants them.

Schemes to recruit GPs from overseas are no solution, as an exodus of Spanish GPs from Manchester has shown. Yet GPs in more affluent areas are finding new partners within a month and have dozens of doctors to choose from.

With the new GMS contract giving practices freedom to recruit extra GPs, the gap between rich and poor can only widen.

Practices on the wrong side of the divide

need to see concerted action from the Government to tackle their plight. At the moment all they are getting is complacency and hollow promises.

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