Young GPs forced into private sector, BMA warns

The lack of partnership opportunities in general practice will drive some young doctors to join the private sector, GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has admitted.

Dr Laurence Buckman
Dr Laurence Buckman

Dr Buckman told a conference of GP trainees on Friday: 'Some of you will work for Darzi centres, even if they're run by commercial companies. Because you've got to eat.

'Do we really give a toss who we're working for if the mortgage is paid at the end of the day?' he asked. 'I don't know. That's a question for you.'

Elsewhere in the speech, however, he re-stated his own opposition to commercialising the NHS, citing the BMA's 'Look after our NHS' campaign.

Dr Buckman also repeated his call for his colleages to create jobs for new doctors. 'They inevitably point out that means cutting their profit share. Yes, it does, but that's what it takes to train the next generation of the profession,' he said.

He added that, while there were no jobs in many areas, 'reputable practices round the country are still reporting that when they advertise partnerships hardly anyone applies'.


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