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Calling all GP trainees

Your contract is much more than simple terms and conditions of service. It is about safe patient care, high quality training and a good work life balance.

What is most important to you?

3 replies

  • Hi Donna,

    All 3 are important for me as a GP trainee. I feel it is important our new contract protects these areas. I feel if i do not have a good work life balance I will be too stressed and tired which could impact patient safety. Likewise high quality training is important for me to learn how to tackle the various challenges in General Practice. Being able to tackle these challenges confidently would allow me to provide safe patient care and achieve a good work life balance. Hence it would be difficult for me to state which area is most important for me as I feel they are all linked and so are all equally important. I personally feel a contract that does not protect all of these areas would have a detrimental effect on GP trainees.

  • In reply to POOJA ARORA:

    I agree with Pooja - the contract needs to make sure that we have high quality training and a good work life balance so that we can deliver safe patient care. It doesn't matter how well we're trained if we're too exhausted or sleep-deprived to safely assess the patient in front of us; equally, if we give safe patient care but never stretch our comfort zones through learning new things then we will be professionally limited. I think that in order for us to future-proof general practice, and to continue to attract high-quality candidates committed to delivering the best possible care to our patients in the community, then we need to make sure that we get these three elements right in the next contract.
  • Hi Donna,

    Patient safety and high quality training are both important elements of GP training that need reinforcing in the junior doctor contract negotiations. I think that the work-life balance is becoming the bigger issue though, in the face of current GP partners being overloaded with administrative work on top of rising clinical demands and the government's vision for a 12-hours a day, 7 days a week health service. Junior doctors staffing hospitals and GP practices 7 days a week wouls need proper supervision during all working hours from seniors to ensure patient safety and quality training, and they need to be given time to recover between shifts when working increasingly unsociable hours and to be remunerated appropriately for delivering the government's plan.