Education and training for general practice Royal college lacks necessary mandate

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6956.741c (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:741
  1. B D Keighley
  1. The Clinic, Balfron, Stirlingshire G63 0TS
  2. Stratford on Avon CV37 7EB London SW7 1PU.
  3. Joint Committee on Postgraduate Traniing for General Practice, London SW7 1PU

    EDITOR, — Jamie Bahrami gives a predictable view of education and vocational training in general practice.1 A recent paper from the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts2 and General Practice Education and Training from the Royal College of General Practitioners,3 to which his editorial alludes, are other recent contributions. Now that we have heard from NHS managers and “academic” general practitioners, I seek to give a view from those on whom change will be visited.

    Bahrami casts doubt on the future of the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice, supports the recommendation for increased fiscal power for regional advisers, and welcomes the bid by the Royal College of General Practitioners for untramelled power in matters of education. Within the joint committee, representatives from the General Medical Services Committee realise that the status quo is untenable and that the world of education must develop; members from the Royal College of General Practitioners are reminded that as the college represents only just over half of general practitioners its aspirations must be tempered by the lack of a mandate from its own discipline. The joint committee is therefore of increasing importance.

    Independent fiscal powers for regional advisers …

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