Cancer Diagnosis

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11 October 2016.

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Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 12:00, 11 October 2016

We are training 3,250 extra GPs every year, and we have a target of 5,000 additional doctors working in general practice by 2020. However, as well as new GPs, we must do much better with retention. That means keeping the GP population that we have, and there are a number of steps that the Government are taking to do that. On the specific point about Sunderland, there is a bursary scheme that is aimed at attracting GPs to areas where they may not necessarily have wished to work previously.