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Prime Minister hopes to recruit 5,000 extra GPs 'as soon as possible'

Prime Minister Theresa May has committed to recruiting an extra 5,000 GPs to the NHS ‘as soon as possible’.

Health secretary Matt Hancock previously told Pulse there was no specific date for when the Government would meet this target.

Mr Hancock said in January that the target would not be met by 2020, as former health secretary Jeremy Hunt had pledged in 2015, but that he hoped it would be ‘sooner’ than in the next five years.

The Prime Minister was responding to a question about retaining GPs in the House of Commons last week.

Conservative MP Andrew Selous asked the Prime Minister: ‘Will the Prime Minister do everything she can to make sure that we look after their [GP's] job satisfaction, and specifically to help them with the pensions penalty that some of them face in their mid-50s, which is driving some of them out of the profession?’

In response, Ms May referred to the investment and extra staff pledged in the long term plan.

She said: ‘Another way in which we can help GPs is by providing funding, which we will see, towards up to 20,000 extra staff in GP practices, helping to free up doctors to spend more time with the patients who need them.

‘As my hon. Friend has indicated, we are committed to recruiting more GPs – an extra 5,000 – as soon as possible, and to ensuring that they can maintain their careers and continue to provide services to their patients as they do, day in and day out.’

It follows the news that the workforce implementation plan, mentioned in the long-term plan, has been delayed again.

The plan was meant to be published in early April, however the release date is now yet to be confirmed by NHS Improvement.

 

 

Readers' comments (23)

  • Haste makes waste, she should know it. But know our PM, she will not rest till she gets the 5000 GPs even if she has to travel to Hades.

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  • Hopes and Wants have done nothing to address the actual NEED. the words are meaningless.

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  • "Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
    As he landed his crew with care;
    Supporting each man on the top of the tide
    By a finger entwined in his hair.

    "Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What I tell you three times is true."

    Lewis Carroll

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  • Sounds like my getting fit plans.... I plan to get fit somehow in the near future. Hardly SMART is it?

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  • I hope to win the lotto within the next 5 years.

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  • I hear Brexit is to happen soon and the tooth fairy is as real as the NI money tree

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  • i never realised she was a comedienne as well. i am laughing all the way to the come and work in australia symposium as she speaks.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Sigh !
    Guys , where is your empathy towards our poor , ‘dying’ prime minister ?Auntie has less than a month before her ‘Endgame ballot ‘ ( fourth of the kind ) . Her fate is sealed .
    What she said about getting 5000 GPs ASAP is out of an ‘innocent’ wishful thinking , please embrace with your good heart .😁
    ‘ When a bird is about to die , its tweet is particularly poignant. When a person comes to the end of life , his/her last words are naturally out of kind nature .’ Analects.
    (鳥之將死 ,其鳴也哀。人之將死 ,其言也善。)😑

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  • Took Early Retirement

    More lying from the tories. Lower than vermin.

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  • Knowing the end is near and saying things that she cannot deliver has dropped my opinion of politicians even lower than it already is.

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