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General practice should have the same level of funding as hospitals for hosting medical students as part of their training, the RCGP has said.

While general practices currently receive on average £620 a week to host training placements, the RCGP estimates the true cost to be £1,000, “a 40% deficit, and also around 40% less than the average amount hospitals receive to host training placements, despite the costs being the same.” To address the deficit, the RCGP says £31 million should be available annually for training GPs.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the RCGP’s Chair, has written to the Health Secretary saying the GP workforce crisis is being worsened by inequity in the way GP undergraduate training placements are funded in comparison to hospital placements.

“Many practices are struggling with unsustainably high workloads and gaps in their workforce, which has implications on the provision of safe, high-quality patient care. Expecting these practices to train and inspire the next generation of GPs without sufficient funding to do so, is simply unviable, and will put our ability to expand the GP workforce at risk,” she wrote.

“Being a GP can be the best job in the world when we are given the time and resources to do it properly – it is challenging, intellectually stimulating and full of variety. These are the messages we need to convey – and offering high quality educational placements in general practice are the best opportunity for us to do this, but this takes resources and general practice is losing out, creating a vicious cycle.”

Prof Stokes-Lampard, also said that the underfunding of training in primary care is not limited to the future GP workforce. “For example, the low tariff available for undergraduate student nurse placements is also hampering efforts to increase the pipeline of nurses to enter the general practice workforce.”

The RCGP has calculated that the profession in England is “over 6,000 GPs short – almost one for every surgery – despite Government pledges made over two years ago to boost the family doctor workforce by 5,000 by 2020.”

Link:
RCGP announcement    

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