The Workforce Strategy document released today says that: ‘In the light of the increasing demand for primary and community care services, SHAs will be expected to expand GP training programmes in 2009 based on existing resource allocations.'
It adds that health authorities should ensure that ‘at least half of the doctors entering specialist training' are GPs.
The report also lays out plans to create a new agency, Medical Education England, responsible for co-ordinating all education and training for doctors, dentists and pharmacists.
The agency will work with the RCGP to review the idea of a longer training period for GPs.
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