NHS Confederation welcomes international GP recruitment drive

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Niall Dickson

Responding to today’s NHS England announcement about expanding international GP recruitment, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said:
“The current situation is very difficult and looks set to get worse. The fact that 12 per cent of GP positions are vacant and almost one in five practices has had to abandon searching for a new GP shows just how urgently we need to recruit more family doctors. 
“In some parts of the country they are finding it almost impossible to entice GPs. 
"GPs from overseas are part of the answer - they have long provided brilliant care for millions of patients in this country and with the right checks for language skills and clinical ability they will be a vital component of the primary care workforce of the future. 
“At the same time it is important that we are expanding the numbers on medical training and that we continue to do more to retain our current GP workforce.”

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