Responding to the Wass report from Health Education England looking at reforms to GP training at medical schools, Harrison Carter, BMA medical school committee co-chair, said:
"General practice is under unprecedented strain from a combination of factors including rising patient demand, falling resources and, crucially, staff shortages. As many as a third of GPs told a recent BMA survey they were considering retiring early and just as importantly there is an endemic problem of too few medical graduates choosing general practice as a career option.
“A key problem is that General Practice is not given adequate prominence in the medical curriculum and it is encouraging that this report recommends that this problem is addressed. However, it is also right not hide the fact that one of the solutions to this problem is to address the funding crisis which many GPs say is having a real impact on the service that they can provide for their patients. A comprehensive approach to solving the current crisis is the only way that more medical graduates will be encouraged into general practice."
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