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How the 5,000 GPs target has been watered down

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What about the hours/ workload of new GPs. it certainly won't be counted by government, but it should. If 2000 GPs retire per year, that means 10000 retirees and 15000 new GPs to meet the target. But that is not it. I don't know enough about the mix to make an exact comparison, but the 10000 retirees are more likely to be full time partners working 60 hour weeks or 'part time' partners working a 42 hour week. If they are replaced by full time salaried doctors working 40 hours a week, and part time salaried doctors working 28 hours, then you have a problem. In fact in those circumstances, pumping up GP numbers from 10000 to 15000 has made no difference.

Posted date

04 Sep 2017

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10:27pm

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