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The most quoted recent statistic about general practice has to be the BMA and RCGP assertion that 10,000 more GPs are needed in the UK. Since it was uttered five years ago, GP numbers are up by around 3,500. But it is an influx that has merely turned the situation from critical to poorly.
So there is justified concern about changes to certification of new GPs from next month which could mean fees over £2,000 to join the profession. Prospective doctors already face huge debts to pursue their chosen career. Overseas doctors can add in visa costs as well.
These debts used to be racked up in the knowledge there was an almost cast-iron guarantee of a well-paid future. But for new GPs there is diminishing certainty. Principal jobs are disappearing. New salaried posts are less lucrative and career prospects are uncertain.
Now is not the time to put barriers in the way of becoming a GP. Otherwise recruitment will go back on the critical list.