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Government ‘failing’ on recruiting and developing doctors for the NHS

The number of GPs in England is continuing to fall despite government pledges, new figures reveal.

The latest quarterly GP workforce figures show 316 fewer full-time equivalent GPs in England since December, and more than 1,000 fewer since September 2015.

This is despite the the Health and Social Care Secretary promising in 2015 to recruit 5,000 more GPs by 2020.

The BMA called the figures a “damning progress report” on the government’s ability to recruit more doctors.

It follows figures from the RCN suggesting nursing shortages are becoming more severe.

Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee England chair, said: “As GPs struggle with rising demand, increasing workloads and burdensome admin, and are expected to do so with insufficient resources, it’s no surprise that talented doctors are leaving the profession and although the number of GP training places have increased, this is not enough to address the dire recruitment and retention crisis.

“With fewer GPs and a rising population, patients are finding it harder to get appointments, and the rest of the health service is suffering as a result.”


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