5,000 new doctors by 2020?

GPs' survey found 39% likely to quit profession in five years

Birmingham Mail

Government bid to increase GPs by 5,000 by 2020 is falling short

A Government bid to increase GP numbers by 5,000 within three years is falling short, doctors have said.

A report by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) raises concern that many doctors have yet to see significant change from the intended boost to numbers by 2020.

The RCGP's annual review of how the Forward View initiative is working calls for a rethink to get the process back on track as GP numbers have fallen since last September.

A survey of GPs for the report found that 39% think they are unlikely to be working in the profession in England in five years time.

The RCGP said the findings sparked fears the profession "could reach breaking point" unless progress on the shake-up was accelerated.

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NHS England " Workforce

Our Workforce programme aims to deliver the vision and ambitious targets set out in the General Practice Forward View (GP Forward View) to expand, develop and transform the primary care workforce by 2020.

Our programme incorporates and builds on the successes of the 10 Point Plan which was launched in January 2015 as part of the Five Year Forward View.

We need a strong workforce to achieve the vision in the GP Forward View and we are working in partnership with Health Education England (HEE), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) to deliver an extra 10,000 staff and to strengthen the primary care workforce by 2020/21.

We plan to build, recruit and return the general practice workforce by

Increasing the number of GPs in general practice by a minimum of 5,000

Growing the multidisciplinary workforce by a minimum of 5,000 – including nurses, pharmacists, mental health workers, physician associates and others

Increasing GP training capacity and establishing new post CCT fellowships to provide further training opportunities in areas of poorest GP recruitment

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Primary care minister re-commits government to 5,000 extra GPs

The new primary care minister has said the government remains committed to increasing GP numbers by 5,000 by 2020 in his first health questions session since his appointment last month.

Steve Brine MP told the House of Commons the Conservative government was committed to an extra 5,000 GPs as part of a wider increase in the primary care workforce.

The Tory manifesto made no mention of the pledge made by the previous regime ahead of the 2015 election.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt first announced the plan to 'train and retain an extra 5,000 GPs' at the Conservative conference in autumn 2014.

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