09 December

According to The General Practice National Recruitment Office (GPNRO), the amount of places on GP training courses in England and Scotland is set to be cut in 2018.

Overall, the official numbers suggest that there will be 70 fewer places available in England, and 30 less available in Scotland.

On the contrary, places on GP courses in Northern Ireland and Wales, are set to see a small rise.

GPs need places on these training courses in order to apply for positions anywhere in the UK.

If these numbers are correct, England will offer 3,187 training course places, which is down from 257. Likewise, Scotland’s numbers are reduced from 350 to 320.

Interestingly, the West Midlands and London regions will see the largest reductions, whilst most other regions in England will see a small rise in the number of training course places.

Ash Higgs, Director of Primary Care People, said: “Whilst the alarm bells aren’t ringing just yet for trainee GPs, the reduction of training course places is never welcome news.”

“We will work hard with our new GPs and other junior doctors to make sure that they secure the position that they deserve.”

“The UK needs to fill thousands of GP vacancies over the next few years if it is to cope with current demand. The training of new GPs is vital in the provision of public healthcare, and with an NHS that is struggling to keep up with this demand, we hope to see training places for GPs rise again in 2019”.

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