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One in six GP vacancies unfilled, LMC finds

One in six practices have failed to fill a vacancy in the last year in one city, an LMC survey has shown.

Leeds LMC’s survey of 41 practices also showed that about a third of respondents feel they do not have enough GP sessions in their practice to meet patients’ needs.

Almost 27% of respondents expect some of their GPs to leave the practice in the next 12 months and 63% expect some of their GPs to leave in the next five years.

Dr Richard Vautrey, assistant medical secretary of Leeds LMC and deputy chair of GPC, said the city has traditionally had little difficulty in attracting and retaining GPs but this trend has now changed.

He said: ‘The growing GP workforce crisis has started having an impact on local practices, and in particular those who service the most deprived communities in the city.

‘There is an urgent need for significant and sustained investment in core practice funding and for the Government to talk up and value general practice, so that practices not only have the resources to take on more GPs and nurses but that there is an increase in the number of doctors and nurses choosing general practice as a career.’

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  • So these practices will be queuing up to provide dialysis and chemotherapy.........

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Hardly surprising. Sad that it won't all collapse before the election!

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  • and there is no crisis with workforce !!!

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  • AS long as NHS England bullies GPs without being stopped into harmng their patients with Non Evidence based Medicine;and punishes GPs who put patient care before short term monetary savings,which in any case leads to tremendous costs of treatment of for instance Hypoglycaemias,in the case of sulphonamides in secondary care with gretly increased costs of treatment of long term side effects of mortality and morbidity in cardiovascular,metabolic,renal side effects;GP Morale will be low with recruitment crisis

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  • The problem is not NHSE. The problem is us. We are such cowards that we have just accepted a 50% pay cut per item in the last 9 years.
    The DOH is using the recession to target GPs, as no other group has had such swingeing cuts. And we are so afraid, we just accept it. Follow the dentists and think of resigning.
    A combination of pay restraint and increasing consulting rates has reduced our pay per item. And we whinge and cry, GPC members write to newspapers, moan and moan.
    We watch as our colleagues are bullied into bankruptcy.We are Independent Contractors, but we do nothing. It is time to resign and face market values. If not now, when? Either put up or shut up.

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