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retireNovember 11 2015

An estimated 13,500 consultants and GPs are expected to retire in England, by 2019, a health minister has stated.

However, “taking account of expected retirements the consultant and GP workforce is projected to grow by around 9,400 posts by 2019, or 2.2% per annum, which is a considerably faster rate of growth than that projected baseline demand for healthcare services (reflecting population growth and the ageing of the population) over this period,” said junior health minister Ben Gummer.

He was responding to Grahame Morris, MP for Easington, who had asked what analysis there had been at the Department of Health on the number of doctors likely to retire and what assessment had been made about whether there were sufficient numbers of doctors in training to maintain current service levels.

Mr Morris had also asked about which regions had been identified as having GP shortages and what steps were being taken to address the shortfalls. Community and Social Care Minister Alistair Burt said that Health Education England (HEE) had identified six local offices experiencing low fill rates of GP trainees: Yorkshire; East Midlands; West Midlands; North East; East of England; and HEE Wessex (Isle of Wight only).

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, had asked a number of questions relating to advanced nurse practitioners, including:

  • what assessment the Department of Health had made of the effect on advanced nurse practitioners of proposed adjustments of GPs working hours,
  • the plans for a seven day NHS,
  • what support ANPs would receive and
  • how many were employed.

Mr Gummer’s written reply stated: “We have made it clear that we are not planning to impose a ‘one size fits all model’ for our plan to provide a seven-day NHS. It will be for local commissioners and providers to decide how best to deliver seven day services in hospitals and for them to work with their Local Education and Training Boards to develop workforce plans to support this.

“Although not explicitly mentioned in NHS England’s Five Year Forward view, ANPs are part of the solution to addressing the health and well-being gap; care and quality gap; and funding gap. For example, ANPs are involved in the new care models such as in Derbyshire. The Derbyshire Vanguard site will develop a prevention team made up of health and care professionals including GPs, mental health nurses, extended care support and therapy support.

“Seven day access does not mean that every GP must work every day or that all practices must open at evenings and weekends. Through schemes such as the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund, practices are encouraged to collaborate together in delivering more convenient and accessible services for patients in the evenings and weekends through multiple methods including innovative use of technology, working together at scale, and better use of skill mix to both improve patient care and release GP capacity.”

Mr Gummer added that the evaluation report of the first wave of the PM’s GP Access Fund had stated that “evidence to date suggests that the strategy of making more use of nursing staff, particularly ANPs, is resulting in benefits including released GP capacity.”

Links:

House of Commons Written Question - GP shortages

House of Commons Written Question - GP retirements

House of Commons Written Question - ANPs

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