At the latest meeting of the Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, on which I sit, we were told:
- Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the age profile for GPs under the age of 35 years (13%) is well below the national average (18%), with the lowest in the county being in Peterborough at just 6%.
- Whilst 20% of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group‘s (CCG) General Practitioners (GPs) are over the age of 54 years, Cambridgeshire has a relatively younger GP profile with only 18% of GPs over the age of 54 years; however, in Peterborough this rises to 25%, higher than the national England average (21%).
In my opinion …..
We need to see some real action to address this problem on the horizon ASAP and we need the City Council to start planning, rather than dragging their feet.
Most people in Peterborough, no matter their efforts at school, never even have the chance to enter into the world of General Practice!
Sadly, the Conservative controlled Peterborough City Council have done little or nothing to address this issue over the last 17 years!
So what to do?
Well, firstly, I’d like to see more local people offered the chance to become GPs, I for one cannot ever remember it being a suggestion from our careers adviser when I was at school?
The Council and various NHS bodies, should be finding ways to encourage young people in our city, to sign up to a pathway to becoming a GP.
At present for me, it remains the recourse for children of the petite bourgeoisie?
Nationally, we need to see the NHS pay cap scrapped, re-introduce bursaries and funding for health-related degrees and immediately guarantee the rights of EU staff working in our health and care services.
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Elected as City Councillor for the Gunthorpe area, in 2004. Hold the record for 2nd youngest councillor in Peterborough's history. Governor at Gunthorpe Primary School.