There are so many reasons why - you only have to look at the percentage of newly qualified GPs in locum (over 90 per cent from my VTS intake at the last count), salaried (5 per cent), other (5 per cent) and partnership (none) to work out why.
If younger GPs do not have realistic hopes of achieving a partnership, then there is not a lot of motivation to 'protect' NHS general practice.
I am freshly qualified (off VTS in August) and while being trained (by partners) I said I would never work for a private provider. Now I am locuming I would definitely consider it on its own merits.
Dr Rachel Stone, GP35 panel member, Manchester.