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Just three GPs tempted to join up for £50,000

Only three GPs have been enticed by the armed forces' £50,000 golden hello to join up.

The Ministry of Defence had declared it had 'hundreds of expressions of interest' after the scheme opened last year.

A spokesman said a further 14 GPs had been accepted for entry, but had not yet formally joined. He added that the MoD still considers the scheme a success despite the low number of recruits.

'Expressions of interest do not always translate, but we are making progress in a competitive market,' he said. 'We reckon the scheme is doing what it's designed to.'

GPs have to sign up for five years to the Defence Medical Services. The armed forces are estimated to need 200 GPs to bring services up to strength.

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