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Minister promises to look into GP recruitment needs following Pulse report

The minister responsible for general practice has promised to review the Government's target of 5,000 extra GPs, amid concerns highlighted by Pulse.

Quoting this morning's top story, which said at least 12,000 more GPs will be required to meet demand in 2020, the minister for community health and care David Mowat said he would 'look at that with interest'.

Addressing the RCGP annual conference in Harrogate today, he said: 'I’ve very proudly talked to you about having 5,000 more GPs by 2020… However I think there was a press release yesterday from Pulse saying there should be 12,000.

'I haven’t seen the detail of that but I’ll look at that with interest because there is always more to do and maybe it is right they challenge us and we understand why they believe that.'

Researchers from Imperial College found that health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s pledge to boost GP numbers by 5,000 by 2020 will deliver fewer than half the number needed to fill the UK’s growing workforce deficit, and an extra 12,000 was the most 'optimistic' scenario.

The researchers further told Pulse that GP numbers were already 3,800 short, compared to the optimum for meeting demand - two years ago.

Previous modelling by Pulse has shown that the Government is struggling to even meet the 5,000 target, being on course to have just 2,100 extra GPs by 2020.

 

Readers' comments (7)

  • Send him to Specsavers first as experience shows that they all are myopic when they look at the situation in general practice. They miss the fine detail and end up treating the fur hat instead o the cat.

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  • Just lip service.He will do nothing

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  • We should all be thrilled, did he really say that? Well well well, makes my heart go pitter patter so it does.

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  • Azeem Majeed

    The number of GPs required to meet need for primary care varies depending on factors such as population growth (particularly among older people who have the highest consultation rates), age-sex specific consultation rates (these have been increasing over time), consultation lengths (which have also been increasing over time) and the time spent on direct clinical work v. time spent on non-clinical activities.

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  • lol @ 9.48

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  • Simplest way is to have GP only medical schools where the only exit qualification is general practice so anyone applying knows in advance where they will end up.

    If you change your mind need to reapply to a standard medical school similar to those with alternate degrees who transfer over with appropriate competition for postgraduate places and fees in place.

    As mentioned no letter of good standing from GMC to work in medicine abroad until 4 yrs NHS service completed to trigger that, without applying for special exemption for volunteer work etc.

    Not necessarily politically correct to do this or friendly, but it has never stopped health ministers imposing such policies. Also close up training numbers in fields where adequate numbers to channel those who may wish to reconsider options able to be re-channel them to primary care.

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  • Does it need a research by Imperial College to certify that the target kept by JH cannot be achieved.

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