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Doctors’ online learning programme is halted as part of government cuts

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 09 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3693
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

    Government cuts have halted a programme to develop online learning packages in collaboration with the medical royal colleges.

    The programme, e-Learning for Healthcare, was controversial because the Department of Health launched it without seeking tenders from private providers (of which BMJ Learning is one). It was funded from the department’s capital budget, which has come under heavy pressure as the chancellor of the exchequer seeks cuts in public spending.

    In a “Dear Colleague” letter to the colleges and others involved, Patricia Hamilton, director of Medical Education England, says that the capital spending review is now complete and the allocation to e-Learning for Healthcare “will not …

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