Give a cast iron guarantee to trainee general practitioners that any new contract for junior doctors will not have a detrimental effect on pay and conditions of medical graduates choosing general practice, and provide clarification about how the proposals will work in practice, particularly in light of the proposed removal of salary supplements that GPs receive during their training.
Trainee doctors have a key role to play in the future of our health service, and it is vital that they are properly valued and supported. The Royal College of General Practitioners is extremely concerned that imposing this new contract will deter medical graduates from choosing general practice as a career. We desperately need talented graduates to train as GPs – without them, general practice and the high standard of care it provides on a daily basis will suffer. Cutting salary supplements received during training will act as a financial disincentive to trainee doctors and will result in fewer graduates choosing general practice. If this happens it will be impossible for the Government to achieve its target of increasing the number of GPs by 5,000 by 2020 and have negative impact on the ability of GPs to provide safe, high quality care to their patients.
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