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GP Recruitment

I have read many articles on GP numbers tumbling in England due to a recruitment crisis and have listened to many GP's in interviews blaming politicians for this crisis.

I have been a successful hospital doctor for the past 6 years and have developed a CV beyond most GP training programme applicants during this period. I wanted to change to a GP training programme this August but I was informed that I was unsuccessful in getting a post. There are currently over 450 GP training posts unfilled within the UK and I am willing to work in any of them. How is it possible that they turn me down even though there is a huge requirement for GP's?

The GP recruitment system has been created by GP's not politicians. Many GP's blame politicians for the crisis in GP even though it is GP's who are causing a large number of problems themselves. If these training posts are not filled then there will be less GP's and patients will have to wait even longer to see their GP. Additionally, the GP recruitment process does not even take into account the applicants CV in the overall scores, which can not be right.

The recruitment process needs to change and the BMA should take this forward.

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