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CCG recruitment programme targets Dutch GPs

A new CCG recruitment programme in East Yorkshire is targeting Dutch doctors to tackle its local GP shortage.

The programme, set up by NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, marks one of the first initiatives by CCGs co-commissiong GP services alongside NHS England area teams.

The CCG confirmed it is targeting GPs from the Netherlands saying it is working up plans together with overseas ‘partner organisations’, as first reported in the Hull Daily Mail, but said the plans were ‘in their infancy’.

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG medical advisor Craig Dobson told Pulse the scheme is was one of a number of initiatives to attract new GPs amid a shortage of new recruits available to work at local GP practices.

He said: ‘Whilst the recruitment of GPs from abroad is in its infancy in terms of planning with our partner organisations, we are excited for what it means for the future of GP recruitment in the Humber area.

‘Our local position mirrors the national position with a shortage of GPs and doctors leaving the profession. As a result we’re carrying out a number of initiatives designed to attract GPs into the local area to meet increasing demand and ease the pressure on other healthcare professionals and services.’

The GPC’s representative for the region welcomed the plans with the caveat that they got an appropriate induction to the system.

Dr Andrew Green, a GP in Hedon in East Yorkshire, said the local areas was ‘unfortunately a recruitment black spot’ for general practice.

He added: ‘Particularly some of the coastal practices are finding it very hard to recruit. Many practices in East Yorkshire have got long term vacancies for partners and there’s also problems within the city of Hull itself, which has a very high number of GPs over the age of 55 and single-handed GPs. How the CCG is going to recruit into those places is obviously of great concern.

‘Providing we can be assured of the training of these doctors, then looking further afield is a very good thing to do. Obviously any doctor going from one healthcare system to another will need a period of induction and a period of time when they are working under supervision, but I don’t think there’s any reason to assume they won’t be suitable.”

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG is one of 87 CCGs to have taken on joint commission responsibilities GP services with its local NHS England area team from the beginning of this month.

Pulse revealed earlier this month that around one third of training places were vacant following the first round of recruitment this year, inclulding 291 vacancies - 34% - in the East Yorkshire and Humber region.

Readers' comments (16)

  • One of the driving forces for centralising recruitment into GP training was the influx of Dutch and German young doctors onto unfilled gp training programmes. The gp training schemes who were forced to do this were critiicised and centralising recruitment was thought to be an efficient way of avoiding this "waste". We can now see that centralised recruitment has not helped in any shape or form and there are still may unfilled places. GP training recruitment should move back to local ownership where more subtle methods of assessment can evolve. The only thing evolving at the moment is a proliferation of profit driven courses training young doctors s on how to pass the various one size fits all national recruitment process.

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  • above should read ..the various stages of the one size....

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  • The local doctors are shunning general practice because its garbage; What makes these imbeciles think that doctors from Germany or Netherlands will actually stay after they complete their training? the NHS has always recruited from abroad, particularly from the indian subcontinent-- traditionally these doctors were prepared to carry out poorly paid scutwork out in the nether regions of sh!tsville because it was still more appealing than back home. Unfortunately I have heard many a tale from my indian colleagues who mention now that life working for private hospitals such as Apollo is rather more enticing than the NHS in blighty and have opted to move back!! I know of dozens of IMG's who have completed GP training (im a ex trainer and university tutor) and emigrated to Australia, new Zealand and Canada!!

    Im sure our European colleagues wont stay long if the situation here doesn't improve and as for me..... I already left last year!!!

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  • good - as other countries lose doctors here it opens up opportunities for us abroad. as demand for medical skills increases globally it makes our net value increase.

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  • i've said this time and time again but no very few commentators on it. Its only a matter of time before there are recruitment missions to the poorest farthest flung areas of the EU to fill the gap.
    For better or worse these doctors will happily plug the gap.
    Few doors down a chap does the exact same thing as a recruiter for builders from far EU. Does very well out of the exploitation, job gets done in one way or another.

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  • Are Dutch GPs really that desperate? Perhaps someone can enlighten me on the current state of General Practice in the Netherlands.

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  • has somebody thought of language skills for these new overseas GPs !! there was a major issue with a german GP not so long ago

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  • if we are going to recruit from overseas anyway, than why not from indian sub continent who were the support pillars for NHS all this decades !!

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  • 11:04 - my Dutch relatives speak better English than I do

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  • Why does the UK always have to recruit abroad ? What is the fundamental problem with General Practice ? Is it fixable ? Who should fix it ?
    Surely, GPC, if we cannot recruit, there is a problem with your Contract.
    It is your watch, GPC, and if you cannot fix this major problem, you should all resign, because you are not doing your job.
    So, why are you in the GPC ?

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