Minister reassures GPs that training remains top priority
The negative attitude of hospital doctors towards general practice is putting trainees off becoming GPs, according to medical students.
Students from Dundee and Leicester medical schools told a BMA conference on recruitment last week that general practice was seen as 'boring' and 'second rate'.
Students needed more exposure to general practice during their training to get a clearer view of what was involved, primary care experts agreed.
Kirsty Lloyd, a student at Leicester medical school, said lecturers often gave the impression that GPs spent their whole day referring patients to secondary care.
'Medical students do generally listen to the opinions of their exciting cardiology lecturer, for example,' she said.
Professor Deborah Sharp of the division of primary care at the University of Bristol said the integration of general practice into training was 'absolutely key'.
GPC deputy-chair Dr Laurence Buckman said hospital doctors were unlikely to change their view, and students needed to experience general practice themselves.