Doctors criticise proposals to cut specialist training for non-EU graduates

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:849
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Medical and educational bodies have attacked proposals by the government to cut access of trainee doctors from outside the European Union to specialty training posts in the United Kingdom.

    The BMA has refused to answer the public consultation in the Department of Health's chosen format, arguing that it forced respondents “to agree or disagree with questions relating to a narrow Department of Health agenda.” And it has criticised the short duration of the consultation period of only a fortnight, saying this was “insufficient” and “extremely restrictive.”

    In its response to the consultation the BMA acknowledges that poor workforce planning, funding restrictions, and a failure to expand, as promised, the consultant grade have …

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