Medicopolitical Digest

GPs will have to pay for retraining, minister saysDoctors need education in multicultural medicine

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1678
  1. Douglas Carnall,
  2. Linda Beecham,
  3. Jane Smith

    GPs will have to pay for retraining, minister says

    The health minister, Mr Gerald Malone, has told the BMA that costs of remedial training by general practitioners under the General Medical Council's performance review procedures should be borne by the doctors concerned. In a letter to the chairman of the General Medical Services Committee Mr Malone says, “GPs are independent contractors and are responsible for meeting their own practice costs including the cost of maintaining their professional skills and knowledge.” The minister equates the costs of remedial training with continuing medical education and says that reimbursement should follow the normal arrangements, including conferring eligibility for the postgraduate education allowance. He does not think that special arrangements should be made for those …

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