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Jeremy Hunt: Is government on track with more GPs promise?

From BBC - October 12, 2017

Addressing a room full of doctors, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt reminded the audience of his promise in 2015 that there would be 5,000 more general practitioners working in the NHS in England by 2020.

We are halfway to Mr Hunt's deadline - so how is the government doing at meeting this target?

In 2015, there were about 34,500 GPs working in the NHS in England. The government wants there to be about 39,500 by 2020.

But the latest figures published by the NHS show that there are actually about 350 fewer GPs now than there were in 2015, when the target was announced.

Behind target

These numbers include registrars - trainee GPs who are qualified doctors but have not yet completed their specialist training.

Once a medical school graduate picks a general practice specialism, it takes another three years to become a fully fledged GP.

So far, then, it does not look like they are on track.

Making up the numbers

How do you get more GPs into the NHS?

You can:

The NHS is trying all three.

And the last of these appears to be proving a particular problem.

Mr Hunt told the Royal College of GPs' annual conference that the NHS was doing "pretty well" at getting more medical graduates into general practice.

Retiring

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