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David Oliver: Making less popular medical jobs more attractive

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2936 (Published 10 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2936

Re: David Oliver: Making less popular medical jobs more attractive

With respect to attracting doctors to deprived areas in the UK, the only long term solution surely must be to address the deprivation.

Doctors, like everyone else, have families and social ties. They will often have a partner who is also a professional needing work. They may have children needing good schools. They will have hobbies and interests. They will want to live somewhere safe and clean with a friendly and supportive local community.

No golden handshake, salary uplift, or promise of sabbatical is going to attract and keep a doctor who's partner cannot find work, who feels they would be letting down their own children or who cannot lead a fulfilling life outside work.

This is a much bigger challenge than simply attracting doctors.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 July 2018
Sarah L Douglas
GP
yorkshire