Just 6% of Peterborough GPs under the age of 35

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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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GP Training in suicide prevention

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As a rep on the Council Health Scrutiny Committee, we’ve now been informed that funding has been secured through the Sustainable Transformation Partnerships with some support from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council for training of GPs across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in suicide prevention.

The reason? Well GPs are most likely to have contact with people at risk of suicide in many of the ‘high risk’ categories.

The 2015 audit of suicides and deaths for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough found that two thirds of people had been in touch with primary care in 2015 or within a maximum of 6 months prior to death.

The 2015 audit results for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough also showed:

  • In males the highest number of deaths was in under 25 year olds and 50-59 year olds.
  • In females the age pattern was more mixed, with highest numbers in 30-39 year olds and 70- 74 year olds.

It’s hoped that suicide prevention training for GPs can potentially enable greater identification of those at risk, and earlier referral to evidence based treatment services.

Training will focus on the patient/GP interaction, risk identification, compassion and empathy as well as safety plans and follow-through care.

The Tories have consistently failed local young people on issues of suicide and self-harm by overseeing cuts to vital mental health services.

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