05 April

We’ve heard today from the BMA that ‘90% of GP practices are struggling to find locums to cover shifts amid growing pressures on the workforce’. [1]  Most healthcare professionals will be aware that this is because of the shortage overall.

Without GPs available it’s hard to help practices fill work and ease the pressures in Primary Care. And because of the unappealing prospect of being a salaried GP practices are having to rely heavily on locums.

We notice that rural areas are the hardest to fill because GPs are either not there, or don’t want to be.

A lot of training GPs will tend to rural areas, but once their training is done a lot of GPs will go back home, or head to areas that are highly populated.

One solution that we feel could help in providing more locum GPs in hard to fill areas, is to create a community talent pool of GP’s with no commitment to certain locations.

We can do this by sourcing European GPs registered with a licence to practice in the UK. GPs we intend to help pass exams and training to be fully qualified.

This is a short term resolution to the ‘shortage’ problem, however, the filling of the GPs gap will start to alleviate some of the pressure from our already overworked GPs. Our GPs who currently need to work ludicrous hours, whilst trying to maintain a quality service due to the increasing demand for service will finally receive some added help.

Once we can lessen the gap with the help of EU GPs the Primary Care working environment starts becoming more attractive again. Which in turn, would start attracting junior doctors into GP practices and stem the flow of GPs leaving the UK.

This will have a knock-on-effect in many beneficial ways. Locums will be easily sourced all over the UK, and our own GP base will grow.

If you would like to discuss our EU scheme, please contact us on 0203 137 2114. or email work@Primarycareprofessionals.co.uk

[1] Gponline.com. (2016). Almost nine out ten of practices struggle to find locums, BMA survey reveals | GPonline. [online] Available at: http://www.gponline.com/almost-nine-ten-practices-struggle-find-locums-bma-survey-reveals/article/1389917?

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