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A new £10 million fund will be made available to support and retain GPs, NHS England has announced.

Around £7 million will be made available through regional-based schemes to help GPs to stay in the workforce, by promoting new ways of working and by offering additional support through a new Local GP Retention Fund.

A further £3 million will be used to establish seven intensive support sites across the country in areas that have struggled most to retain GPs. The details on these sites and plans for retention efforts will be announced next month, said NHS England.

Dr Raj Patel, deputy director of primary care for NHS England, said: “We are aware of the pressures currently facing GPs and, in particular, the need to support the valued doctors we have to continue working when they are faced with personal challenges which might make this difficult.

“The Local GP Retention Fund will help to address this as part of several measures we have put in place to provide that much-needed support for GPs who are already working hard to provide great care for patients in their community.”

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said that general practice “is in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis. ” He described the funding as important but said “NHS England must ensure that it is not spread too thinly.”

While local initiatives are “vital for the future of general practice,” he said: “The government and NHS England must prove they are committed to valuing each individual GP and take seriously the risks to the health service that short-staffed general practice poses.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP Chair, described the measures as “really welcome” and said: “We appreciate the focus on supporting local initiatives and areas that are finding it particularly difficult to retain GPs in the profession.

“We hope these plans are just the start of more initiatives that tackle escalating GP workload, and that they are implemented with as little red tape as possible.”

Links:
NHS England announcement     
BMA statement            

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