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Childcare costs for doctors to be covered in drive to boost GP numbers

 

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Childcare costs for doctors to be covered in drive to boost GP numbers

The NHS has launched a new scheme to encourage hundreds more doctors to return to general practice by offering help towards the costs of caring for children or family members.

Qualified GPs who are interested in coming back to the NHS or joining from overseas will now able to access financial support worth up to £2,000 if family responsibilities would be a barrier to completing the necessary training.

The new help is being added to the NHS Induction and Refresher scheme, which has already encouraged 500 GPs who have previously worked for the NHS or who practised overseas to join the NHS, and to bring their skills up to current requirements.