Universities fail to foster desire for general practice

MEDICAL education specialist Richard Wakeford said the UK needed at least half of its medical graduates to become GPs but a recent report showed only 11% of new medical students planned such a career.

In an article in the BMJ, Mr Wakeford said a review of the recruitment websites of 33 publicly funded UK medical schools showed they emphasised other careers, such as surgery, with few even mentioning general practice.

The Medical Schools Council was dominated by clinician scientists with only two GPs, suggesting its membership required urgent “obliterative change”, he wrote.