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Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 'golden hello' for rural GPs

Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 'golden hello' for rural GPs


The £4m scheme aims to boost the numbers of doctors in rural and coastal areas of England. Mr Hunt said it will help "reduce the pressure" on practices in those areas. The Royal College of GPs backed the plan, saying there was a "serious shortage" of family doctors.

The one-off payment will be offered to 200 GPs from 2018. NHS England has already pledged an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice in England - part of which will fund plans for 5,000 extra GPs by 2020.

But Dr Richard Vautrey, chairman of the British Medical Association's GP committee, said the government was not on course to reach that target.

"General practice is facing unprecedented pressure from rising workload, stagnating budgets and a workforce crisis," he said.

"'Golden hellos' are not a new idea and unlikely to solve the overall workforce crisis given we are failing badly to train enough GPs to meet current demands."

Source: BBC


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