Opposition from senior GPs has forced the Government to consider a rethink over its plans for practices to pay a levy for the training of new doctors.
The Department for Health (DH) plans originally stated that the education and training of doctors should be funded by a levy on all healthcare providers in order to replace current DH deaneries.
However the Royal College of General Practitioners believe that if the Government goes ahead with these proposals, general practice could be destabilised, while the General Practitioners Committee say it is “unfair” for GPs to be forced to pay for the training of future doctors.
The levy, due to be paid to newly set-up local education and training boards, has now been put on hold as the Government said they are to look into the “diverse range of views” expressed over how the levy would work.
The rethink by the DH comes after a committee of MPs said there was “slender evidence of progress in converting this policy into a system that will work in practice”.
In a statement the DH said: “The health committee received a diverse range of views with regards to the proposal to raise the education and training budget through a levy on providers.
“This illustrates the complexity associated with the proposal and the need for detailed work.”
Dr Laurence Buckman, GPC chair, welcomed the news.
He said: “GPs should not be charged for the privilege of training the next generation out of personal or practice income. We will await the outcome of their deliberations with interest.”