Young GPs split on how to revitalise general practice

Young GPs are split on what action should be taken to reverse the declining popularity of general practice as a career option.

South London GP Dr Jessica Martin
South London GP Dr Jessica Martin

Earlier this month GP newspaper revealed exclusively that applications from doctors for general practice training had fallen by a third in 2009.

GP newspaper asked its GP35 panel of 35 GPs aged under 35 what action they would like to see.

East London GP Dr Osman Bhatti said: ‘Our leaders in the BMA, RCGP and LMCs need to look at the changing face of general practice. If it looks like the future is inevitably going to be salaried then there needs to be equilibrium gained within the profession to rid the increasing divide of salaried versus principals.

‘If our leaders would like to see the principal model continued, then surely this needs to be encouraged and not left to wander down the creek.'

West Yorkshire GP Dr Johnson D'souza said: ‘I would like to see either a definitive role as a partner by the end of training to be facilitated by the deaneries or RCGP federated models, with no divide between partners and salaried.'

South London GP Dr Jessica Martin said: ‘A professional role needs to be created that attracts the right kind of doctor to general practice: younger GPs want to help develop the profession, receive a fair share of profits earned from their work, but may not want the responsibility of running a business: a fixed shared salaried partner scheme could be attractive to many.'

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Read this week's GP dated 24 July for the full version of this story

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