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Younger GPs needed for Wales

Drastic action is needed by local health boards in Wales to recruit younger GPs, the GPC is demanding.

In some areas, more than half of GPs are over 55 and likely to retire within the next 10 years.

Many practices in the areas most threatened by the retirement timebomb are singlehanded, rely on the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG) because of historic underfunding, and are based in outdated premises.

Dr David Bailey, deputy-chair of GPC Wales, called for the development of a 'confederate practice' model to help younger doctors who 'want peer support and don't want to work in isolation'.

He said: 'When you want new people to move into a practice you have to look at what the average cost per patient is to provide a decent service in that part of the world.

'Local health boards in the areas most affected will just have to bite the bullet and support that extra costing.'

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