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GP trainees in practices - is it still worth it

There are divided views in the General Practice whether it is worthwhile to have the extra work load of training a GP in terms of increase in profitability.
Currently practices are reimbursed 100 per cent of a trainee’s salary by local education and training boards. They are also given a £7,600 trainer’s grant per year.
GPs could be expected to pay for the ‘benefit’ they get from having a trainee working in their practice under plans being considered by education bosses. Training practices may be expected to contribute to the salaries of trainees in order to help fund the increase in trained GPs needed for the future of the NHS.
It is not yet clear how much the contribution would be from the practice.
Our statistics show that the current arrangement has delivered increased profits when compared with non-trainee practices. The future prospects are bit grey to weigh the extra work load compared to proposed contribution.
It is advisable that trainee practices should maintain regular benefit and cost records, in order to stay profitable in this income source.