Official figures released today reveal that 3,157 entered training for 2017/18 in England - an increase of 138 on last year's totals.
However, they still fell short of the 3,250 a year target that was originally set for 2015 - and is a pillar of the Government’s strategy to recruit 5,000 extra GPs by 2020 - but has been missed every year.
It is the third year in a row that numbers have been increasing.
Dr Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s GP committee told Pulse the new figures are ‘a glimmer of light’ that the recruitment figures are moving ‘in the right direction’.
But he said: ‘We can’t let up in terms of those initiatives and schemes to try and encourage doctors to chose general practice but primarily we need to have a long term funding commitment and address the workload pressures in general practice so that once GPs are trained they feel that they are able to use their skills in a productive and useful way.’
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