DoH funding cuts are blamed for GP tutor job losses

Dozens of GP tutor posts in Mersey and London have been made redundant.

In the London deanery, GP tutors have been told their jobs will lapse on 30 June. It is not yet clear when the Mersey cuts will take effect.

A reduction in budgets for 2005/6 left deaneries facing a choice between vocational training or supporting continuing professional development.

Next month, the DoH will also reduce the funding for higher professional education intended to support GPs in their first year of practice.

Resource reallocation in favour of under-doctored deaneries is also set to intensify in 2006/7 and will squeeze budgets further.

Dr Steve Holmes, chairman of the National Association of Primary Care Educators, said NHS education was not high on the list of PCT priorities.

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