Inquiry into the GP workforce in Wales

The Welsh Government published its plan for a primary care service in Wales up to March 2018 on 6 November 2014.

In recognition of the pivotal role played by GPs in primary care, and concerns which have been expressed about the sustainability of the GP workforce, the National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee undertook a short inquiry into the GP workforce in Wales. The aim of this work was to seek to inform the development of the Welsh Government’s primary care workforce development plan.

The inquiry considered issues in urban and rural Wales relating to:

  • barriers to GP recruitment and retention;
  • whether the commissioning and delivery of medical training currently supports a sustainable GP workforce; and
  • the actions needed to ensure the sustainability of the GP workforce.


The Committee took oral evidence on 29 January 2015.


Evidence gathering

The Committee sought evidence from:


The Committee’s letter

The Committee wrote to the Minister for Health and Social Services (PDF, 245KB) in February 2015. The Minister for Health and Social Services responded (PDF, 116KB) in March 2015.

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 16/12/2014