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GP Trainee figures increase by 100 on last year - but huge shortfalls remain

Around 11% of the available GP training places in England will be left unfilled. A total of 2,769 trainees have been recruited to GP training this year, just 98 more than 2014 and well below the Government target to recruit 3,250 GP trainees a year by August 2016.

Nearly 40% of places remain unfilled in the North East and 31% remain unfilled in the East Midlands.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, GPC education, training, and workforce subcommittee chair and Wesleyan Junior Advisory Board chair said: “The increase in the number of GP trainee places being filled compared to last year is a step in the right direction.

"The halt in declining GP recruitment this year as a result of BMA’s intervention in the 10 point plan is only the first step. There is a very long way to go before we fully address the problems facing the GP workforce [and] worrying shortages still remain in many parts of the country.”

Source: www.pulsetoday.co.uk

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