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Make medical training more flexible to accommodate doctors’ changing needs, says GMC

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 18 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l7021
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Existing training pathways are too inflexible to meet doctors’ desire for a better work-life balance, the General Medical Council (GMC) has said.

The regulator’s ninth State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK report,1 published on 18 December, said that doctors also needed more support during career transitions.

In a foreword to the report the GMC’s chair, Clare Marx, and its chief executive, Charlie Massey, said that today’s doctors were pursuing different career paths from their older peers.

They wrote, “Be it taking a year out, reducing their hours, or stepping out of practice earlier, these shifts are having a direct impact …

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