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Recruiting 5000 more GPs will be tough, NHS chief tells MPs

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3993 (Published 21 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3993
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Half of the efficiency savings expected of the NHS in England by 2020 should come from improving productivity, alongside savings from prices paid by the NHS, preventing ill health, and moderating demand, MPs have been told.

In a wide ranging evidence session of the House of Commons Health Committee’s inquiry into current issues relating to NHS England, held on 21 July, the head of the NHS also admitted that pressure on GP surgeries was just as intense as pressure in hospitals and that it would be tough to recruit 5000 more GPs in the next five years.

The committee’s chair, Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes, asked what problems were keeping NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, awake at night. Stevens replied, “We’ve got to keep current services running well while also redesigning what a …

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