GPs resilience and ability to ‘make do’ is not a sustainable solution to funding that does not meet their needs, the RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard has warned.
However, this is not the first time that the RCGP has written to the health secretary to increase funding for GP training.
Professor Stokes-Lampard also stressed the importance of clinical placements for the future GP workforce.
In a document published by Health Education England proposing changes to currencies for education and training placements, HEE acknowledged the concerns that the cost of hosting primary care placements was ‘currently lower than those paid for secondary care placements’.
It proposed that the scope of the tariff be ‘widened’ to cover placements in both primary and secondary care.
Professor Stokes-Lampard said: ‘One of the essential solutions to the sustainability of the NHS is to provide adequate resources for teaching in general practice.
‘Now is the time to ensure this as a part of the DHSC budget in the spending review.’
Last year the RCGP published a report, highlighting the need for clinical placements and revealed that 91% of medical students believed their peers have negative views about general practice.