GP training applications down 5%

Figures released by Pulse reveal the proportion of doctors applying for GP specialty training starting in August 2016 has reached a record low.
Applications for 2016 GP training have declined by 5% on last year indicating disaster for the Government target of delivering 5,000 more GPs by 2020.
Pulse reports in its exclusive figures, “Last year, the first application round of GP training received 5,112 applications for 3,609 places but this only delivered 2,769 trainees in 2015 despite three application rounds and changes to allow failed applicants to reapply.”
Health Education England has the Government-mandated target to recruit 3,250 GP trainees a year by August 2016, a major part of the effort to get 5,000 more GPs by 2020.
This is a major setback as this year HEE and the RCGP launched a major publicity drive to encourage candidates to choose GP training. The RCGP released a video stating there ‘was never a better time to become a GP’ and HEE produced a series of videos showing GPs doing exciting things like signing forms for sky-diving and helping patients run marathons while managing their asthma.
Deputy GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey was quoted as saying “There are fundamental issues that the whole system has to address in terms of reaching out to medical students and young doctors around general practice. The only way to really tackle that is to address the root cause, which is the workload pressures and lack of funding in general practice itself.”
Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the RCGP, is reported to respond to the figures stating, ”If these figures are correct, it is important not to be discouraged or write off efforts to increase recruitment as unsuccessful. By the end of recruitment last year, the number of places filled had risen overall by nearly 100, so these should very much be seen as interim figures.”


Junior Doctors’ Strike

Junior Doctors went on strike this week resulting in over 3,000 operations being cancelled nationwide.

Patients were urged to see their GPs instead of attending hospital.

NHS England said about 10,000 junior doctors had reported for duty out of 26,000 scheduled to work the day shift on Tuesday – although many of those had agreed in advance to come in to make sure emergency cover was provided and others were not members of the BMA.

The action came after the BMA and the government failed to reach agreement on a proposed new contract for junior doctors.

The BMA, which is concerned about pay for weekend working, career progression and safeguards to protect doctors from being overworked, said the strike had sent a “clear message” to the government.

However, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the walkout as “completely unnecessary” and urged junior doctors to return to the negotiating table.

Officials from Acas (Conciliation service) said they would hold discussions with both sides, although government sources said they were still prepared to impose the contract if the deadlock could not be broken.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, which represents the government in contract talks, said he hoped that would not happen.

“I’m really hopeful that when the BMA return to the talks we can give junior doctors more confidence in both the pay offer that we’re putting to them, but also the improved protections we want to put in place around their safety.

“I am desperate to avoid another repeat of industrial action at the end of the month. It’s not in their interest and it’s not in the interest of patients.”

The next proposed strike is a 48-hour one beginning on 26 January.


CPD Events

As a Locum it can often be difficult to get those essential elements completed for your Annual Appraisal.

BLS needs to be updated annually. Safeguarding needs to be updated every 3 years.

You also need 2 SEA discussions per year.

If you’re not in a regular surgery you often get overlooked when it comes to in-house training and meetings.

That’s why we offer to organise Free CPD events for our members.

If you have any requests then drop us an e-mail on with your requirements and we will try to facilitate these.

Thanks to those who attended our last BLS and AED course in November held in Manchester – We believe the Krusty Crème Donuts went down a treat!