15 February

The latest figures on out of hours cover by GPs in 2016 has revealed that as many as 10% of locations in England had no overnight or weekend cover for at least some of the time last year.

In an investigation by Pulse magazine, it was discovered that from 104 commissioners as many as ten admitted that they had endured times when no cover was available because of desperate and chronic staff shortages.

Tawhid Juneja, CEO of award winning recruitment company Primary Care People said “These are shocking and alarming figures. This situation was partly responsible for the terrible meltdowns in A&E departments during the busiest period of the year. For example in one area it was left to nursing and paramedic staff to cover an area with 300,000 patients because of a shortage of GPs available for out-of-hours care.

“As recruiters we are only too aware of this problem which is why we sourced our own indemnity cover because most GPs can’t afford up to £30,000pa for an indemnity insurance policy. There is already a national shortage of GPs and the out of hours situation will not improve even if more GPs are engaged, whether from the EU or a pool of junior doctors willing to consider a career in general practice.

“We are very concerned about the risk to patients and their quality of care. Although the government has promised to deliver 5,000 more GPs into primary care by 2020, unless urgent action is taken to encourage more GPs to take on out of hours cover the situation isn’t likely to change in the next three years. We believe that many more GPs would be willing to do more out of hours work if their indemnity costs were covered.”

Register with us today for our latest roles

Here at Primary Care People we understand that your days are busy so finding the time to search for that new role can be tough. Register with us today with your details along with your CV and we do the leg work of searching for your perfect role so you don’t have to. When we find the latest jobs that are tailored to you we will send you the details direct, putting you forward for only the best roles.

Register Now

Got some questions you want to discuss?

We have a dedicated team on the phones to answer any questions or just talk through what your looking for if you prefer a more personal touch. Arrange a call back from one of our knowledgeable team members and we will get you into your new role as soon as possible.

This field is required
This field is required
This field is required

Be kept in the know of our latest jobs.

We know your time is precious and checking latest job boards regularly can quickly fall down the priority list. How about you let us do all the leg work and send you all our latest roles from across the country directly into your inbox on a monthly basis. Its as easy as registering your name and email address and we take care of the rest. Register today with nothing to lose and the perfect new role to gain.

This field is required
This field is required
This field is required

Register for jobs now…

Please fill out the form before with your Name, Email and Telephone number along with your CV and we will personally search our database and send you our latest jobs that are tailored for you. So we do all the leg work.

×