GPs in deprived areas should have extra training, RCGP Scotland says

Working in deprived or rural areas could be become a 'desirable career option' if GP trainees are given more experience in working in such environments, RCGP Scotland has said.

The proposal was made in ‘The Future of General Practice in Scotland: A Vision’, which outlines RCGP Scotland sets out a number of recommendations to help shape the future of general practice over the next five to ten years.

It also called for longer training for GPs, better communication between all health services and empowering patients to take a more active role in managing their health.

RCGP Scotland said better incentives are needed for attract GP trainees to work in deprived or remote and rural practices. ‘Extending and enriching GP training could allow trainees to gain experience working in such environments,' it said.

‘Then may then become desirable careers options where the appropriate support, incentives and training are given.’

It said GP speciality training (GPST) programmes to be extended to five years, which would include two years based in general practice, and leadership training must be available through GPs' careers.

Dr John Gillies chairman of RCGP Scotland, said: ‘By working together [with the BMA and Scottish Government], we want to help lead the way in developing the best results for Scottish primary care and ensure that despite the current challenges, we can provide our patients with the best services possible.’

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