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GP shortage could mean “untrained” doctors being employed, doctors’ leaders fear

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3834 (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3834
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. 1The BMJ

A plan to use government money intended to expand access to primary care to employ doctors who aren’t trained as GPs to provide primary care medical services has been criticised by the BMA and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The Shropshire Doctors Co-operative is recruiting a “community physician” to work in several practices across Shropshire and Staffordshire. The advertisement for the role does not require applicants to have completed GP training. It stated that the post was “an exciting opportunity for fully registered medical practitioners, having completed at least foundation year 2.”

The BMA said that only GPs could provide certain primary care services and that the provision of such roles could be misleading. The Royal College of General Practitioners has asked Health Education England for “urgent clarification” about …

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