Practices are afraid to take on new staff and some are looking for new ways of minimising risk.
” Some are even resorting to employing GPs under a new type of ‘fixed-share partner’ agreement, with recruits sharing the risks without receiving the usual split of profits.”
But newly qualified GP’s won’t like this job description, and so they may look elsewhere.
“Dr Alex Smallwood, chair of the GPC’s GP trainees subcommittee and author of the BMA analysis, warned the profession was placing itself in a ‘precarious position’.
He said newly qualified GPs were likely to turn to private companies for job security and to ensure reasonable terms and conditions. ‘Many practices are replacing an outgoing partner with a part-time salaried GP and a practice nurse. I know of GPs in training who are working as a taxi driver or in A&E just so they can live.’ “
A carefully orchestrated “fright” by a clever government.