First minister Carwyn Jones has claimed there is no recruitment crisis in Wales, prompting criticism by GP leaders ahead of this weekend’s LMC conference.
Mr Jones told the Daily Post last week that ‘we have got more doctors and nurses than ever before’, and that salaried GPs are stepping in when partners quit.
The RCGP accused Mr Jones of being ‘in denial’, adding there were not enough GPs coming through.
The first minister said: ‘There will be issues from time to time where a GP decides to stop but that service then is carried on by salaried GP.
‘From our point I don’t think there is a crisis with recruitment, we have got more doctors and nurses than ever.’
But RCGP Wales chair Dr Rebecca Payne dismissed his claims.
She said: ‘A number of practices have recently been taken over by the local health board because GPs have left due to workload and growing patient list sizes. And there simply aren’t enough new GPs coming through to replace those who have left.
‘The first minister seems to be in denial of the situation facing our colleagues in north Wales. GP provision in the north is getting worse, and increasingly patients are bearing the brunt of this.’