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GP numbers pledge: health secretary admits government won’t deliver

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 02 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2666
  1. Abi Rimmer,
  2. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The government is not on track to hit its target of 6000 more GPs by 2024-25, health secretary Sajid Javid has admitted.

Speaking to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee on 2 November Javid said, “I’m looking at what more we can do. But I’m not going to pretend we’re on track when we’re not.”

He went on to highlight the “unimaginable pressures” that general practice has been facing. “We’ve got to look at other ways we can support GPs, it’s got to be about investment …

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