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NHS England advertises £30m contract to bring over 500 GPs from EU

NHS England is close to launching a contract framework worth £30m that will invite companies to help recruit 500 GPs from the EU. 

Companies are being invited to bid to join the framework in an effort to recruit the extra GPs by 2020 as promised in the GP Forward View.

The contract will go out to tender on 5 July with the contract to start on 25 September this year and end in three years time in 2020.

NHS England has previously said the EU recruitment scheme would cost £20m.

This is despite an earlier pledge from health secretary Jeremy Hunt to ‘make the NHS self sufficient in doctors’ by increasing the number that are trained in the UK. 

The contract notice published this week said NHS England ‘is close to launching the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the International Recruitment of GPs Framework’.

It added: ‘Bid submissions from organisations seeking to be part of the framework must be submitted within 30 days.’

NHS England has set the deadline for applications as mid-August 2017.

As first revealed by Pulse, the GP Forward View committed NHS England to recruiting up to 500 GPs from overseas in a bid to help achieve the Government's pledge to deliver 5,000 more GPs by 2020.

Some 25 GPs from overseas have already been brought over to Lincolnshire as part of NHS England's pilot scheme. 

The GPs have been guaranteed an annual salary of £90,000 and a ‘generous relocation package’ to move to England to work.

The UK's subsequent decision to leave the EU cast some doubt over NHS England's plans with recruiters warning that the referendum result could put off potential applicants

However, despite Brexit, Essex announced plans to recruit 20 GPs from from Portugal, Spain, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia, in an effort to curb recruitment issues that have plagued the county for several years.

GP practices in Hull have also been asked to submit interest in taking on GP recruits from the EU, as part of NHS England's second wave of the recruitment scheme.

Pulse recently reported that the NHS in Scotland is also looking to recruit GPs from the EU as Dumfries and Galloway enlisted a medical agency to help fill 20 empty posts with EU doctors.

Readers' comments (9)

  • What is sad is that NHS ENGLAND treats existing UK trained doctors like "turds".

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  • Cobblers

    30 million quid. Squandered.

    That would pay for between 3-400 GPs for one year. And, no doubt, this is just a finders fee. The 500 GPs will need paying on top.

    The way these shysters p!ss my tax pounds up the wall is obscene.

    Let's not even mention BREXIT eh?

    UK GP it's just soooo attractive. Even the natives don't want to do it.

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  • What about all the aspiring GPs who got binned by the dysfunctional CSA exam? (Problems addressing unconscious bias, no video records so no way to appeal, a process that would be unconstitutional in other developed countries US, Canada, Australia...)!!!

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  • Perhaps NHS, if you made the job more palatable there would be no need to draft in foreign doctors, could you please consider this strategy instead, please.....

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  • I wonder how many more referrals i will have to take as a hospital doctor when these noctors are employed?

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  • Moosa prepare for a lot more dumping back on to you, without the crown indemnity you enjoy every Gp is paying £11000 ish in indemnity out of their income to practice ,this will go up by an unknown amount in excess of the 5% plus it has for the last 10 years without our funding going up due to incompetence by the law maker(our funding will not increase)this year.So I for one will make more ass covering referrals to the financially protected secondary care.I will take less risk as the system slowly continues to implode.

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  • Vinci Ho

    I don't have any problem with more colleagues from EU to come here to do GP jobs . At least , in principle, it is less worrying than Health Education England sacrificing the budget to train GPs for more physician assistants.
    But , always a but:
    (1)Criteria of assessing competence will have to be transparent and sensible. Swift and hastily exercised recruitments will ,no doubt , be dangerous as well as casting an irony and embarrassment to RCGP examination to qualify local GPs. There has to be a happy medium for these issues.
    (2) This weak government is still obsessed with its political mentality of clinging onto the ideology of a smaller state(in terms of interventions) and passing all essentials to the market, which in the case of NHS , with going down the line of going out for tendering and procurement(Many thanks to Health and Social Care Bill!).After the despicable saga of Capita , lessons are still refused to be learnt by this pathetic government.
    (3) Public opinion on austerity has evidently changed , economy and public sectors are of a chicken and egg , intricate relationship. Keep playing a 'small' state ignoring vital domestic issues , arguably led to disasters like Grenfell Tower .

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  • If it hadn't been for Brexit, NHSE were planning to do this on a grand scale and finance large numbers of European GP's ( fastrack them through validation, subsidize indemnity ); all to undermine british GPs.

    They are willing to pay whatever cost to undermine British General practice purely for ideology.

    Its perverse and illogical - and would have been worse if it weren't for Brexit!!

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  • Moosa what a strange comment . Sorry for creating work for you from GP land .

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