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Pay registrars? It would exterminate GP training

Forcing practices to pay for their GP registrar would 'exterminate' GP training at a stroke, doctors are warning.

GP trainers said they did not take on a registrar to benefit from 'an extra paid of hands' and the cost of being a trainer far outweighed the financial benefit.

The comments came in response to revelations that the Department of Health is considering asking training practices to fund the 'service delivery' part of GP registrars' salaries (Pulse, 21 September). The department has funded research to investigate the issue.

Dr Barry Newport, a GP trainer in Lightwater, Surrey, said trainers did not even get to pick their registrar. He said: 'How many of us will be prepared to commit ourselves to paying a salary out of our own pockets to someone who is unable to practise independently, whom we haven't yet met and who may be allocated to us?'

Dr John Orchard, a GP trainer in Pinxton, Nottingham-shire, said: 'If I were asked to pay the service component of my registrars' salary I should have the right to select my registrar.'

Dr Steve Cottam, a GP trainer in Eccleston, Lancashire, said the Government could not take the goodwill of trainers for granted.

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