Record high for GP training figures is 'really encouraging', but retention is just as important, says RCGP Chair

Publication date: 19 October 2018

The number of people entering GP training is the highest in NHS history, according to Health Education England.

In response, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "It's really encouraging to see that, despite the current pressures, more people than ever before are choosing a career in general practice to help provide the best care possible for patients.

"We look forward to welcoming them into our great profession. Being a GP can be the best job in the world, but only as long as general practice is properly resourced and given the funding it needs to keep up with demand.

"GPs truly are the bedrock of the NHS and we now have to redouble our efforts to make sure we also retain the talented and experienced GPs already in the healthcare system, and streamline the processes that will enable qualified GPs to return to the profession.

"We will continue to work with the Government and others to achieve this within the shortest possible time, notwithstanding the challenges we face."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633/7410
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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