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All parties must pledge 8,000 more GPs says RCGP manifesto

The RCGP has challenged all political parties to match Labour’s pledge to increase the number of GPs in the NHS by 8,000 over the next parliament, in a new 10-point manifesto.

Launched at the Labour conference, the plan urges politicians to develop a numbers-boosting action plan, including financial incentives for graduates to work in underdoctored areas and easier pathways for returners.

It calls for further investment in general practice premises, the promotion of ‘GP-led’ models of integrated care and cuts to box-ticking and ‘artificial targets’.

The college says parties must guarantee that they will not launch further top-down reorganisations, or introduce charges for NHS services at point of access.

The manifesto states: ‘To tackle this growing crisis, we urgently need “new deal” for general practice – so that family doctors can deliver shorter waiting times and more personalised care’

Readers' comments (4)

  • Naive and stupid of the RCGP. What happens when you train an additional 8000 GPs but do not increase the funding in primary care? You increase supply, and pay decreases even further than current levels. We should be doing the opposite. Stop training GPs and maintain our scarcity and this will offer some protection when primary care goes private as the current model is unsustainable.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    So, 8,000 GPs will just grow on trees, will they? What complete, utter rubbish.

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  • 8000, what an unrealistic number. They cant even hit the current targets.

    It isnt because the funding isnt there, its because no one is stupid/brave enough to go into GP

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  • With the college failing a large number, which is having a knock on effect, this is all really pie in the sky. beggars can not be choosers. this is all your fault and the RCGP need to stand up accept a large amount of responsibility for this.

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