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New GPs are offered £20 000 to work in underserved areas

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 04 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i729
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Trainee GPs are being offered £20 000 (€26 000; $29 000) bursaries to work in certain parts of England that don’t have enough doctors and have found it hard to recruit people for the past three years.

The new Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme ( launched by NHS England and run by Health Education England is offering the one-off bursary to GP trainees who commit themselves to working in one of 109 training places in England.

The BMA, although supporting the scheme, said that it was only one way to tackle serious recruitment problems in general practice and that even bigger incentives might be needed, such as paying off part of student loans for trainees considering general practice.

Under the scheme, the bursary is paid as a lump sum when the doctor starts the training post and will be administered by the local HEE office where the appointment is based. …

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