Burnham: Labour would incentivise students to choose general practice

Labour would incentivise students to choose general practice, according to shadow health secretary Andy Burnham.

Mr Burnham: 'Labour has pledged 8,000 more GPs by 2020.' Pic: Charlie MacDonald
Mr Burnham: 'Labour has pledged 8,000 more GPs by 2020.' Pic: Charlie MacDonald

Answering questions from GP readers, Mr Burnham was asked: 'If it takes seven years to train a GP and training posts are unfilled, where are the thousands of extra GPs you are promising going to come from?

He replied: 'Labour has pledged 8,000 more GPs by 2020. Delivering this number will require action on a range of fronts including immediate action to incentivise more students to choose GP speciality training, to encourage more GPs to practice in under-doctored areas and to encourage those who have recently left to return to practice.'

The response follows an exclusive GP survey which found a third of practices had at least one GP vacancy with one in six of these unable to fill a post for more than a year.

* Click here to read Mr Burnham's exclusive responses to your questions in two parts.

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