Video: 'We are striking for future GPs'

Government contract changes could put off future junior doctors from choosing general practice a GP trainee supporting the strike has warned.

Dr Gemma Eyres
Dr Gemma Eyres

Dr Gemma Eyres, an ST1 GP trainee at the Royal London Hospital in east London told GPonline that proposed banding changes to the junior doctor contract could put off doctors who want to switch to general practice from another specialism.

Dr Eyres, who is herself switching to general practice from emergency medicine, said there was a 'massive shortage' of GPs. 'We need more GPs and to offer a 30% pay cut to GP trainees, there will be no incentive to go into general practice,' she said.

'I would get massively penalised for changing to a GP specialty even though it's short in terms of recruiting people,' she added.

Dr Eyres thanked GPs for their support for the strike action. 'To all GPs out there, thank you for your support already. Please continue to support us. This is for the junior doctors who will be the fuure GPs,' she said. 

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