Special LMCs conference: LMCs call for part of GP trainee student loans to be written off

Part of GP trainees' student loans should be written off in return for years of service in the NHS, LMC leaders have demanded.

GPs at the special LMCs conference in London on 30 January backed a call for a proportion of GP trainees' student loans to be written off at five yearly intervals in return for years of service.

They also called for a rise in GP training posts in Northern Ireland and backed as a reference a motion calling for more support for young GPs to take on partnership roles gradually.

Nottinghamshire GP Dr Greg Place said his daughter was completing training as a doctor, and he was 'horrified' at the cost of postgraduate training. 'She is accumulating debt at a rate,' he warned. 'In this day and age, they really do need some help.'

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Dr Patrick Stirling, a GPC GP trainee subcommittee member, warned that all measures to support trainees from all backgrounds should be considered.

He backed support with student loans, but warned that ultimately 'the key to recruitment is restoring general practice to a world-class, well resourced service'.

Former GPC trainee subcommittee chairman Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, currently chair of the GPC education, training and workforce subcommittee, backed the call to help GP trainees with loans.

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