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General practice should be recognised as specialty in UK, leaders argue

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4436 (Published 11 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4436
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

General practice leaders have called on the government and the General Medical Council to correct the “anachronistic anomaly” whereby GP postgraduate training remains unrecognised as a medical specialty in the United Kingdom.

In a joint statement,1 GP leaders from the BMA and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) from across the four UK nations said that this recognition was “long overdue” given the rigorous training and examination that GPs undergo.

The move—which would require the government to make changes to primary UK legislation—has been prompted …

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