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Letters NHS and the 2017 election

General practice needs ongoing commitment to training budgets

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 18 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2401
  1. Catherine A O’Donnell, chair of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) and professor of primary care research and development1,
  2. Joe Rosenthal, co-chair, SAPC heads of teaching group2,
  3. Michael Moore, chair, SAPC heads of department group3,
  4. Nick Francis, secretary, SAPC heads of department group4,
  5. Debbie Sharp, professor of primary healthcare5,
  6. Roger Jones, editor6,
  7. Christian Mallen, professor of general practice7,
  8. John Campbell, professor of general practice and primary care8
  1. 1General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow G12 9LX, UK
  2. 2University College London, London, UK
  3. 3University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  4. 4Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  5. 5University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  6. 6British Journal of General Practice, London, UK
  7. 7University of Keele, Keele, UK
  8. 8University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
  1. kate.o%E2%80%99donnell{at}

The NHS is a key election issue.1 Patient demand for primary care rose by 10.5% between 2007 and 2014,2 while recruiting and retaining GPs is ever more challenging. The Royal College of General Practitioners’ election manifesto for NHS England includes a call to meet the health secretary’s pledge of an additional 5000 GPs by …

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