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GP training boost, with caveats

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The Federal Government has delivered a big boost to GP training as it moves to strengthen primary health care.

While the Government has been savaged over its plans for a $7 co-payment for GP services, it has at the same time acted to improve GP training, committing almost $240 million over five years to double the Practice Incentive Program Teaching Payment for general practice to $200 for each three-hour session.

In addition, the Government has provided funding for up to 300 extra GP training places in 2015, taking the total number of places to 1500.

But these gains have been funded, in part, by the abolition of General Practice Education and Training Limited and axing the Prevocational General Practice Placements Scheme.

Adrian Rollins