The Government will fail to attract even half of the 5,000 extra GPs it promised

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The Government will fail to attract even half of the 5,000 extra GPs it promised by 2020, a Pulse analysis has revealed.

Pulse has calculated that, unless there are drastic changes in the number of people leaving and entering the profession, the Government is on course for increasing the workforce by 2,100 in the best case scenario.

The GPC reacted to Pulse’s analysis, stating that it showed the Government’s pledge to be ‘wholly unrealistic’.

Health secretary first confirmed ‘plans to train and retain an extra 5,000 GPs’ by 2020 at the Conservative Party conference in 2014.

But Pulse’s analysis reveals that the Government are a long way off attracting this number on current trends.

At the current rate, there will be around 13,000 GPs entering the system by 2020.

 

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