Chief medical officer's plans for undergraduate education are attacked

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1036
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The debate about who should take responsibility for undergraduate medical education continued this week as the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the body that the chief medical officer favours for the role both agreed that a transfer may not offer any advantages over the current regulator.

At present the General Medical Council is responsible for setting the medical undergraduate curriculum and approving medical schools. However, in his review of medical regulation published in July (BMJ2006;333:163) the chief medical officer for England, Liam Donaldson, recommended that the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) should take over the role to create a single regulator for medical education …

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