Global Positioning System to be offered one-off £20000 to work in rural areas

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 12, 2017

Seaside towns and rural areas with a lack of Global Positioning System are expected to be prioritised after Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, acknowledged that family doctors face "considerable pressure".

"There is already an incentive programme for "hard to recruit areas" that has been operating since 2016 and it is not clear whether this new announcement, which comes without any real details, is any different from that scheme".

In many areas including Medway, Swale and most recently in Folkestone, practices have been forced to close due to a shortage of Global Positioning System.

Mr Hunt announced the new training scheme, which will launch in 2018, at the Royal College of General Practitioners Conference in Liverpool today.

"By introducing targeted support for vulnerable areas and tackling head on critical issues such as higher indemnity fees and the recruitment and retention of more doctors, we can strengthen and secure general practice for the future".

Hard to recruit areas will benefit from the investment offering trainee doctors a £20,000 one-off payment.

The DoH will set up a stakeholder group and arrange a first roundtable next month with doctors' representatives to gather views on how best to take the scheme forward.

The new posts were welcomed by the Royal College of Global Positioning System. Many trainees also drop out when they finish.

"These proposals do appear to acknowledge the specific problems facing rural areas in England".

Mr Hunt's announcement forms part of an extra £2.4 billion per year being invested into primary care by 2021.

Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "We have an incredibly serious shortage of Global Positioning System right across the country, but there are some areas that struggle to recruit more than others and often they are in remote and rural areas, so this commitment to incentivise working in these areas is welcome".

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