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Reports recommend shorter training for hospital doctors and longer training for GPs in Scotland

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1456
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Health services in some parts of Scotland will survive only if radical changes are made to developing the doctors of the future, two detailed reviews of medical education and workforce planning say.

    The reports include proposals for shorter, more focused training for hospital doctors, longer training for general practitioners, an increase in medical student numbers, and incentives designed to retain staff already in post. They also identify an urgent need to increase the number of consultants and general practitioners in Scotland.

    Scotland faces a considerable challenge in increasing medical staffing at a time when the country's population is in decline. “We are short of doctors, making …

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