Family commitments must not be a barrier for GPs returning to the workforce, says RCGP

Publication date: 24 July 2020

Responding to news from NHS England of changes to the Induction and Refresher scheme, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The GP workforce has been in dire straits for several years, with numbers of full-time equivalent GPs falling, while workload has escalated.

"The College has long called for initiatives to make it easier for GPs to return to the workforce after a career break or period working overseas, so we’re pleased to see this announcement today. General practice is a family-friendly profession and the flexibility it offers is what makes it so successful in medicine in terms of equality between men and women. It’s absolutely right that if family commitments are a barrier to GPs returning to the workforce to deliver frontline NHS patient care, that this is addressed.

“While these improvements to the Induction and Refresher scheme are welcome, we also need to see already-considerable efforts to recruit more GPs to the profession re-doubled, and clear plans outlined in the forthcoming NHS People Plan around tackling ‘undoable’ workload and retaining existing GPs in the profession. As we move to the next stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the focus of efforts to tackle the virus shift from hospitals to the community, we need every GP we can get on the frontline, delivering patient care.”

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7494/7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 020 3188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 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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