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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RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker said the video was designed to dismiss ‘outdated stereotypes’ of GPs simply handing out cough medicine and referring the more difficult cases to consultants.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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  • This is nothing more than doublespeak. There has never been a worse time in a generation to enter general practice; If one has any doubts talk to a real GP who is working day in and day out on the frontline. By releasing this video the RCGP have shown themselves to be purveyors or utter garbage. If general practice continues along this path whereby its leadership are distorting reality and resorting to deliberate propaganda, rather than actually addressing the problems faced by the profession then I would say that it wont be long before General practice is actually finished as a viable career path!

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    The RCGP should make a DOI when trying to recruit more medical students into general practice, as 10,000 additional GPs may add up to £500x10,000 or £5 million extra revenue for the College per year in annual membership subscriptions? And with a £38 million loan to repay for the decadent refurbishment of Euston, a decline in membership may be financially detrimental, as 52% of college revenue comes from membership subscriptions. Just saying...

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  • Una Coales. Retired NHS GP.

    This just in today on bbc... why don't medical students want to become GPs anymore.

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  • Hahahahahahahahah….there must be something contaminating the water around Euston.

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  • We may well be about to have another big cash injection to General Practice, but I remember what happened last time.

    We immediately had ten years of media bashing, denigration and accelerated workload. Well, I am not going to subject myself to this anymore. Especially when the money will make little difference as I, like many other GPs, have already put in my resignation letter and am working my notice. I pity those GPs left behind.

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  • A strange time indeed when the normally spiteful media are more accurate about the state of affairs than our so called leaders!!

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  • God, how embarrasing. !! Reeks a bit of desperation I think. If its great, then the students should feel that attraction. No other RC is putting out videos to atract trainees. Maybe I am the only one here, but I did not find that video inspiring at all. Like cold tepid tea.

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  • I agree fully with Dr Baker today is the best time in a generation to become a GP and emigrate. The opportunities abroad are fantastic. In previous generations there was difficulty moving abroad and finding work, nowadays with a global shortage of medical professionals it's easy!!

    As a newly qualified GP you can move abroad to AUSTRALIA ,New Zealand , Canada, Middle East and earn twice without any of the headaches you have in the the UK!

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  • Mad or sad,the only type of GPs who enter General Practice

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  • If every single GP stopped paying their RCGP membership fees, might they finally get the message?

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