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Jeremy Hunt to pledge £20,000 ’golden hello’ for rural GPs
"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," he will say.
Mr Hunt told the BBC: "What we’re looking to do is to reduce the pressure on those GP practices which are doing a very, very valiant job
but can’t look after patients as well as they want to, because they’re finding it hard to recruit."
" he said. that General practice is facing unprecedented pressure from rising workload, stagnating budgets and a workforce crisis,
Mr Hunt said it will help "reduce the pressure" on practices in those areas.
The health secretary is due to speak at the Royal College of GPs’ annual conference in Liverpool, where he will offer something for those
already in the profession too, by announcing plans for flexible working for older doctors - to encourage them to put off retirement.
"’Golden hellos’ are not a new idea and unlikely to solve the overall workforce
crisis given we are failing badly to train enough GPs to meet current demands."
NHS England has already pledged an extra £2.4bn a year for general practice in England - part of which will fund plans for 5,000 extra GPs by 2020.