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Letters How to increase GP numbers

Author’s reply to Cameron, Chater and colleagues, Majeed, Munro, and Thornton

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 25 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6977
  1. Richard Wakeford, life fellow1
  1. 1Hughes Hall, Cambridge CB1 2EW, UK
  1. rew5{at}

Cameron states that the Medical Schools Council “values medical schools’ autonomy over student selection, curriculums, and staffing.”1 2 Of course. Just as the Country Landowners Association values foxhunting. Since Brotherston’s 1967 recommendations it has been accepted that, for undergraduate medical education, “identity lies not in the path, but in the goal.”3 Doubtless the proposed National Licensing Examination will clarify the goal for medical schools and widen the path.

The problem’s nub is that arrangements for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education …

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