BMA targets MPs to safeguard education and training budgets

The BMA has taken pre-emptive action against deanery raids on education and training budgets by launching a campaign aimed at MPs.

Dr Hamish Meldrum
Dr Hamish Meldrum

Every MP stands to be targeted with email alerts from students and doctors warning them that training budgets must be protected.

NHS trusts can currently spend their way out of a financial squeeze by raiding budgets that have no protective ringfence. 

Doctors have been left with incomplete training after courses were withdrawn, says the BMA.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of BMA Council, said ‘The quality of doctors' training should not be left to the vagaries of financial management in the NHS, or political point-scoring.' 

Ringfencing was recommended by Sir John Tooke following his recent inquiry into medical training reforms, but the government has deferred making a decision.

Some cash-strapped deaneries offered only 12 months training in general practice, deaf to the calls of GP educators who say that the complexity of the new GP curriculum requires 18 months experience in general practice. 

Two years ago, deaneries were forced to make dozens of GP tutor posts redundant and halt funding for flexible careers scheme places after the DoH slashed their budget.

Deaneries including London had to scrap part of their August registrar intake.

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