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High speed rail route could 'deprive UK of thousands of new GPs'

The RCGP has lodged an objection to the Government’s planned High Speed 2 rail link because of concerns building works next to its Euston-based headquarters will have a ‘huge detrimental impact’ on general practice, depriving the NHS of ‘thousands of new GPs’.

The college has petitioned MPs to stop the £50bn HS2 scheme on the grounds the construction will cause ‘unacceptable and direct disturbance’ which threatens its ability to run the MRCGP exam, as well as its financial viability.

The petition, signed by RCGP honorary treasurer Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, said the building at 30 Euston Square, next to Euston station, was purchased before the HS2 plans were published, and has been refurbished to offer ‘unique examination facilities’ as well as a conference centre and 41 study bedrooms.

Dr Stokes-Lampard said the college is ‘immediately, and potentially catastrophically threatened’ by the current plans, the Camden New Journal had reported.

She said: ‘The proposed works pose serious threats of long-term disturbance and disruption to… the activities of the RCGP, most importantly the examination for new GP trainees’.

‘Were the examinations not able to run due to the disturbance caused by HS2 this would mean that the UK would be deprived of thousands of new GPs each year. This would have a huge detrimental impact for the future delivery of general practice and primary care throughout the UK.’

Dr Stokes-Lampard added: ‘Without adequate compensation and mitigation measures being put in place, HS2’s plans threaten the financial viability of the RCGP’s use of its recently established headquarters.’

The college had previously admitted that in a ‘worst-case’ scenario it could even be evicted from the building if the HS2 bill went ahead.

Readers' comments (11)

  • how about moving out of London to somewhere with cheaper rents and closer to grassroot GPs, say in the middle of UK. ?Sheffield anyone

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  • Oddly, if the RCGP shut I reckon there would be far more GPs in the UK today. It's their stupid policies and failed training that have meant 1000s of GPs have left the profession for abroad.

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  • The last comment is put better than mine which was deleted. :-) Apologies for my earlier rant but I am very pleased to be of a generation not forced to join this club.

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  • More people proudly displaying their ignorance. The RCGP is not responsible for GP training.

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  • The RCGP is responsible for creating a curriculum and exam system that is turning out GPs so "cardie-patient-centric" they are unable to be assertive or say No to excessive demand. As a result, they are burning out in droves within a year or two of qualifying. If the RCGP HQ is torn down by compulsory purchase, then good riddance and many of us would shed no tears whatsoever.

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  • Una Coales

    The CSA exam was held at Croydon while renovations were being made to RCGP Euston. The lease was approx £700k a year; not exactly threatening the financial viability of the college to lease the Croydon centre again during neighbouring HS2 building works.

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  • Una Coales

    Or is this simply a case of NIMBY?

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  • Buy new building and mint money from c... , you know that

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  • What a load of nonsense. These people need to get a grip.

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