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Dr Richard van Mellaerts: ‘Recruiting people has become an arms race’

Dr Richard van Mellaerts a GP in Kingston, Surrey, says his practice has had to outbid others to recruit quality candidates

I have found it difficult to fill vacancies recently. The quality of applicants and the number has definitely fallen.

It had been declining for a while but it dropped dramatically in the past year.

It is a sellers’ market. There have been instances where applicants have been offered another job at the same time elsewhere and it has become an arms race to get that applicant in the post by offering as attractive a proposition as possible.

There are more people taking up locum posts and working out of hours in APMS providers than previously. I don’t think people want to be tied into long-term contracts.

I think it will get worse if you want to recruit a partner when no one knows what is happening in three years’ time, let alone five.

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  • Who would want to take on a partnership with all the hassle it entails. Bidding for contracts from the CCG to do work and get paid for what you have always done in the past, CQC inspections and box ticking, staff employment laws etc etc etc.

    General practice based on the old model of lots of practices with equal partners is almost dead.

    General Practice will become salaried and run by Private Groups in most urban areas within 10 years I would guess.

    Young GPs should not sign up to a dying profession as a partner and either be salaried or even better leave the UK for better prospects elsewhere

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