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Third of GP trainee positions remain unfilled across the UK following first round of recruitment


Peter Swinyard | GP Partner | 01 April 2015 10:25am Peter, I don't think medical schools are responsible for the current problems with GP recruitment. At Imperial College, we now employ more academic GPs than we have ever done in the past (around 25) and are increasing the amount of undergraduate teaching that takes place in primary care. We are also the only medical school that runs a GP Training Scheme. Our undergraduate students have established a GP Society to promote primary care. Our focus groups with medical students show that once they have completed their GP placements, they are fully aware of the problems that GPs in the UK are currently facing (we place our medical students in practices all across the UK). The onus is therefore on the NHS to improve the conditions under which GPs work and once again make general practice an attractive career option for medical students and junior doctors.

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