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New system for GP recruitment

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 19 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:464

Should be fairer and more educationally relevant

  1. Douglas Carnall, editor, Career Focus
  1. BMJ

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    It is still less than a quarter of a century since vocational training for general practice in the United Kingdom became compulsory, though informal training is as old as medicine itself. The present arrangements, which require registered medical practitioners to have two years' experience in certain specialties and a year of vocational training in a training practice, were satisfactory for most trainees who graduated from British medical schools. The arrangements lacked flexibility, however, and as new developments in general practice arrived, some cracks started to show. As a result directors of postgraduate general practice education have now taken full responsibility (including budgetary responsibility) for managing vocational …

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