The Government has pledged to increase the number of GPs by 5,000 by 2020, amid soaring waiting lists and record vacancies for doctors.

But now officials are drawing up plans which could allow trainee medics to become a GP even if they have to take their exams six times, and are considering relaxing checks on doctors who trained abroad.

The measures come as figures show that the number of full-time GPs has fallen by more than 1,250 since rescue plans were launched last year."

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Lefties used to point out the UK's NHS as an exemplar of state controlled medicine.  Now, its the warning sign to all.