Survey reveals half of new GPs have no fixed jobs

Many of this summer's cohort of newly-qualified GPs have no fixed jobs yet, Healthcare Republic can reveal.

Only just over half of the new GPs who answered an England-wide exit survey had a job by the end of last month.

Yet deaneries have been told to take on 400 extra trainees next year - a 13% rise.

Professor David Sowden, joint chairman of the Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) Programme Board admitted last month that 'expanding GP training places may well be challenging in those parts of the country where GP registrars currently face difficulties finding their first permanent post'.

54% of new GPs answering a Committee of General Practice Educators (COGPED) survey said that they had a job by the end of September.

Dr Simon Plint, COGPED vice chairman, admitted that increasing training numbers ‘feels counter-intuitive'.

So far around 400 new GPs have responded to the COGPED survey, a 40% response rate.

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