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Only 100 GPs added to workforce as part of £500m rescue package

Only a handful of GPs and non-GP practice staff have been recruited in the first year of a £500m rescue package designed to ‘turn around’ general practice, Pulse has learnt.

NHS England figures have revealed that only 76 GPs who have left UK general practice have been persuaded to return through an enhanced incentive scheme, while the NHS has recruited 25 GPs from overseas since the GP Forward View was announced last year.

Alongside this, 28 GPs - who say they would otherwise have left - have been convinced to remain in general practice as part of a ‘retainers scheme’.

At the same time, 491 pharmacists have been placed in GP practices over the past two years – but this is only an increase of 21 on the figures quoted in NHS England’s GP Forward View.

Meanwhile, only a small number of physician associates have been placed in GP practices, while the scheme to increase the number of mental health workers in primary care by 3,000 hasn’t yet started.

NHS England has said that there is an ‘inevitable time lag’ in placing new GPs and other staff in practices.

Speaking to Pulse this week, NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan said that NHS England have made progress on recruiting GPs and non-GPs.

He said:

Dr Madan said: 'There is an inevitable time lag in some of the initiatives. For the I&R scheme, people will take time to get through the process. The right things are happening but they are not showing in the figures yet. In reality, around 4,000 of the 5,000 GPs will need to come through training, with NHS England finding the other 1,000.'

It comes after official figures this week revealed that the GP workforce declined by over 400 in just three months between September 2016 and December 2016.

 

Readers' comments (6)

  • I blame RCGP for this as it is very arrogant in its approach.

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  • Hardly good value for money if things dont get better £5million pounds per GP!

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  • What an amazing achievement !Time for celebrations.

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  • THERE IS A "PROPAGANDA WAR" GOING ON RIGHT NOW.
    INSTEAD OF "REALITY", NHS ENGLAND AND HUNT BELIEVE THEY CAN "RE-CREATE REALITY" BY REPEATING THE SAME CRAP REPEATEDLY....

    SOMEHOW BY MAGIC IF YOU WANT SOMETHING ENOUGH, IT WILL HAPPEN SEEMS THE THEORY..

    WE ARE IN AN ERA OF "FAKE NEWS"...FAKE POSITIVE STORIES ABOUT GENERAL PRACTICE AND MORALE DESIGNED TO SOMEHOW BRAINWASH MOIRBUND GPs INTO BELIEVING THAT ACTUALLY EVERYTHING IS REALLY GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND IT WAS JUST A BAD DREAM.

    THOSE WHO PEDDLE THIS FAKE NEWS SHOULD DE DISCIPLINED HOWEVER GIVEN HOW FAR REMOVED FROM TRANSPARENCY AND DEMOCRACY THIS COUNTRY SEEMS,THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE.

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  • Mr Mephisto

    At £5 million per GP it makes me feel a bit better about myself - until the Monday morning chaos hits then it will be back down to earth with a bump.

    I fully agree with Last Man Standing - "Fake News"

    Could someone working for Pulse please run with this idea - Photoshop Donald Trumps Hair onto Jeremy Hunts head and run the headline "Fake News"

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  • Mr Mephisto

    If Mr Hunts "Fake News" propaganda campaign continues perhaps we should start calling him "Donald Hunt".

    Mr Hunt obviously doesn't give a Donald (cockney rhyming slang - Donald Duck).

    Perhaps Mr Hunt should shove his "Fake News" up his Garry (cockney rhyming slang- 70's glam rock sex offender)

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