Higher numbers in training but GP workforce still ‘stagnant’

The independent pay review body has warned that greater increases in newly trained GPs are needed to fix an effectively ‘stagnant’ workforce because of an increase in part-time working.

While trainee numbers are rising it has not kept pace with the falling numbers of contractor GPs and a drop in average working hours among salaried GPs, the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) found.

The DDRB also raised concerns about increasing rates of early retirement among senior doctors. It specifically urged UK governments to explain how they will ensure retention is not further hampered by the recently-announced freezing of the Lifetime Allowance in the NHS Pension Scheme.

Full story in Pulse, 23 July 2021