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'This is the best time in a generation to become a GP'

Watch the RCGP’s video to encourage medical students to choose general practice

The RCGP has launched the first ever video by a medical royal college to boost the number of medical students choosing general practice.

The video focuses on newly qualified GPs explaining what attracts them to the speciality, and was filmed at St John’s Medical Centre, Lewisham, and on home visits with patients.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker said the video was designed to dismiss ‘outdated stereotypes’ of GPs simply handing out cough medicine and referring the more difficult cases to consultants.

She said: ‘Being a GP is exciting, varied and challenging, as well as being the only role in the NHS that delivers care for the whole person over their lifetime.

‘The increased funding being put into general practice in the form of the £1bn outlined by chancellor George Osborne in his autumn statement meant the ‘future of general practice is looking bright and GP skills have never been more in demand’, Dr Baker added.

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  • @1023 unlikely to happen as many gp trainers have to be members of rcgp. They continue to exploit trainees and if they were to quite being rcgp membersthey cannot be trainers. They will never give up the opportunity to exploit trainees for 'an extra pair of hands' I am afraid......

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  • absolutely toe curlingly sick drivel

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  • The video is terrible. Switched off after the first few GPs were all male, only for a female GP to appear to tell us how family friendly GP is. Go on, reinforce those stereotypes one more time.

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  • this is called circling the drain hole

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  • True but what about these retired GPs who are running the CCGs and CCPs and defeating all attempts to try and improve the services locally. There are easily double or treble the consultants and easily double the part time GPs which are all supported by guideline nurses . It is no wonder healing and care is now become like processing patients by number .

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