Incentives for GP's to work in rural practices.

Incentives for GP's to work in rural practices.

Encourage newly qualified GP's to working in rural areas by offering to pay some of their student debt if they stay between 3-5 years for example. I am sure this is done is other countries that have this problem. It would probably be a lot cheaper than employing locum GP's and provide much more continuity for rural GP practices.


The Golden Hello scheme was introduced to help with this - a £5000 - £10000 taxable bonus for signing up to your first permanent GP post and staying for at least 2 years. I was one of the first recipients of it in 2001 but it is still the same amount today, with no uplift over all these years. Go figure

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