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Official Figures Reveal an Increase in GP Training Posts

In England, about 83% of GP training posts have been filled in 2016 and for the first time in 3 years official figures have revealed an increment in GP trainees enlisted at this stage.

According to the Health Education England (HEE), 2,691 of its 3,250 seats have been taken after two rounds of recruitment- an 83% fill rate.

The total sum of seats filled is a 7% rise on the 2,513 seats filled at the same phase like in 2015. Since 2013, it is the first time that the records at this phase have revealed an increment then the previous year.

Although HEE is still way off its goal to train 3,250 GPs a year by August this year. It was a goal that was moved back from 2015.

The number of places filled in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales is not shown in the latest figures. But in Scotland there are still 101 openings being broadcasted, which is 31% of the 325 positions in total, and in wales 32% of the 136 positions is still being broadcasted.

When HEE released the number of vacancies for each region it shows that there were 9 in 10 GP training places filled across the UK after 2 rounds of recruitment. Nevertheless, its formal records have disclosed that these first estimates were positive.

In England certain regions are also stressed including the North East region where 40% of places stayed vacant.

Enhancement on figures from earlier 2016 has remained after the number of submissions for GP training fallen 5 percentage points on the previous year. After round 1 of recruitment only 70% of seats were filled across the UK.

To enhance recruitment it follows a variety of efforts, perhaps remarkably to train GP in under-doctored areas like Lincolnshire and Blackpool it provides £20,000 bursaries for doctors.

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