HEE has pledged that no cuts will be made directly to the GP training budget – which stands at £500m – as a result of the move to cut its overall budget by 20%, but GPs remain concerned that there may be knock-on impacts.
HEE said the required savings will be met through cuts to back office processes and offering voluntary redundancy to a wide range of staff ‘to reduce the amount of money spent running the organisation’.
But an RCGP spokesman told GPonline the college was ‘monitoring the situation closely’ to ensure GP training was not affected as a consequence of these changes.
He added: ‘We have asked members to get in touch, if they are affected by cuts, but I think it’s too early days to come to any conclusions.’
An HEE spokeswoman previously told GPonline: ‘To be clear this process is absolutely not about training places or the quality of training but about reducing administration costs to enable us to be as efficient as possible and ensure we divert all possible resources to the front line and patient care.’
The calls for doctors to report back to the college on training come as the GMC launches its annual poll of GP trainees and trainers. The regulator has warned that heavy workload faced by junior doctors can undermine their education.
A series of questions on the impact of rota gaps on trainees during hospital placements has been added to the GMC poll this year for the first time.