Buckman urges practices to take on additional doctor

Every practice must try to take on an additional doctor, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman told the LMCs conference.

Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)
Laurence Buckman (photograph: JH Lancy)

Challenged by Dr Richard van Mellaerts, City and London LMC, on what the GPC is doing to help newly-qualified GPs who within the first few years of practice find it hard to find a full time job, Dr Buckman said the GPC is exhorting practices to take on more people.

‘We have to find a multitude of ways of doing it. Not every doctor wants to be a partner. Not every practice wants to take on more partners and expand.

‘But we have to find a way of everybody adding one doctor to their establishment whether as a principal or as a salaried doctor or in some other capacity.’

Dr Buckman said the profession must act quickly or it risks creating a ‘lost generation’ of GPs who leave the country.

He hinted that the GPC negotiators would try to persuade the government to use contractual methods to create an environment where practices are able through money to get additional doctors.

Fellow negotiator Dr Beth McCarron-Nash pointed out that while work has moved into the community, money has not.

While practices feel their funding is under threat, they cannot invest.

She added that this is a problem that does not only affect newly qualified GPs. She said that all practices should try to take on additional doctors but admitted that is ‘exceptionally difficult with funding as it is’.

‘I’d like to look at other contractual methods of ensuring that that is able to happen,’ she said.


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