Should more be done to recruit and retain GPs?

NHS Employers is asking whether more needs to be done to recruit and retain GPs.

The question is posed in its consultation paper ‘The Future Of The Medical Workforce'.

Its publication follows a leaked DoH document that estimates there would be a shortage of 1,200 GPs in three years and a surplus of 3,200 consultants (GP, 12 January).

In relation to this, the document also asks: ‘Should more of the current work of doctors be taken on by others, for example, nurse consultants, medical secretaries or other healthcare professionals in newly-developed roles?'

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