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Proposal to cut GP trainee pay supplements challenged by RCGP

14th September 2015

A proposal made by the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration has been challenged by the Royal College of General Practitioners, who warn that plans to remove the salary supplements of trainee GPs could worsen the GP workforce crisis.

The proposal would affect around 4,000 GPs, with some training GPs being paid up to 31% less than those training in hospitals.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, claiming that the proposals would deter medical graduates from entering general practice training, in a period when there is already a shortage of GPs. She added that the proposals ‘would make it impossible to achieve the Government’s target of increasing the number of GPs by 5,000 by 2020’.

The RCGP estimates that England is already in dire need of another 3,300 GPs, and that an additional 8.000 GPs must be employed by 2020 to manage the current pressure of a growing and ageing population.

Commenting on the proposals, a Department of Health spokesperson said: “These proposals, endorsed by the independent pay review body set out a fairer deal for all medical and dental trainees so that their pay relates to actual hours worked. We want to encourage trainees to take up specialities like general practice, and these plans provide incentives to do so. We are also increasing GP training places and working on a national recruitment campaign with the RCGP to help deliver 5,000 more doctors in general practice.”

One way in which GPs could be trained more efficiently and at a lower cost, is through online training. By setting up an online training program, all staff have access to the same information, are required to pass the same assessments, and are able to undertake training at an appropriate time.

Online training also removes the need to employ a trainer, and for staff to leave work to attend training courses.

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