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Isle of Man steps up appeal for GPs

More GPs are being recruited to the Isle of Man following a three-year campaign by doctors.

Isle of ManThe five jobs will boost the island’s GP population by almost 10 per cent.

Isle of Man Medical Society president Alex Allinson, who is a GP, said: ‘We unfortunately have been suffering the same recruitment issues as the UK. 

'Two of these posts are for salaried GPs so that doctors can experience working as GPs on the Isle of Man without committing to a partnership.’

The recruitment, which is advertised in this weekend’s BMJ Careers, is part of a wider initiative to make the island more attractive to GPs and ease the workload of its existing GPs. 


Bureaucracy slashed

Retired GP Iain Kewley has also been appointed as director of primary care with the aim of encouraging integrated care and expanding community services.

GPs on the island have negotiated changes to boost recruitment and make their jobs easier including:

  • Dropping 100 points for the smoking indicator of the quality and outcome framework and working closely with their Department of Health to reduce bureaucracy
  • GP practices are not inspected by the Care Quality Commission
  • Achieving crown indemnity for out-of-hours work to encourage retired GPs to continue working without incurring extra medical indemnity fees
  • Establishing GP training with two trainees to give them a flavour of island general practice

The island has 45 whole-time equivalent GPs, serving a population of around 85,000. 

In addition to the two salaried GP posts funded by the Isle of Man Government, there are three GP partner posts available.


Rural challenge

BMA GPs committee deputy chair Richard Vautrey (pictured below) said: ‘Practices everywhere are struggling with workload pressures which are increasingly compounded by recruitment and retention issues. 

Richard Vautrey'This is particularly a problem for those in remote or rural areas. 

‘It is good that the Isle of Man Government is taking meaningful steps to help address the situation. 

It's to be hoped that these new GPs will stay long enough to make a difference to the workload burden carried by the workforce and help improve services to their patients.’

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