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Letters GP redundancies because of “new ways of working”

GP redundancies: sending the wrong message

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 12 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q367
  1. Luke Read, foundation year 2 general practice1,
  2. Sangeetha Sornalingam, senior teaching fellow in general practice2,
  3. Maxwell Cooper, senior lecturer in primary care2
  1. 1Foundry Healthcare, Lewes, UK
  2. 2Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  1. luke.read1{at}

News that 11 salaried GPs at a surgery in Surrey have been offered redundancy1 has sent shockwaves through medical students and junior doctors. Drivers for redundancy included “new ways of working” (patient demand for virtual appointments) and recruitment of additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) practitioners such as physician associates, clinical pharmacists, and paramedics.23 These professionals are quicker …

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