LMCs criticise PCOs over GP training needs

Primary care organisations (PCOs) that seek to impose 'inappropriate training requirements' on GPs have been criticised by delegates at the LMCs conference.

Dr McCarron-Nash: PCOs imposing training on GPs 'unacceptable'
Dr McCarron-Nash: PCOs imposing training on GPs 'unacceptable'

Delegates carried the motion, which also called for mandatory training requirements for core services or designated services to be set nationally 'in agreement with the GPC'.

Dr James Robertson, a member of Lancashire LMC and who raised the motion, said: ‘Why should small-minded administration staff with scant understanding of general practice dictate our training needs? The time is right to tackle this head-on.'

Dr Beth McCarron-Nash, a GPC negotiator, said PCOs seeking to impose mandatory training on GPs is becoming a ‘real problem'.

‘I think setting national guidelines will stamp out some of this behaviour, which is absolutely unacceptable,' she said. 

Delegates also raised concerns over proposals to introduce a purchaser/provider split in general practice specialist training.

A call was also made for longer GP training. Dr James Parsons, deputy chairman of the GP trainees sub-committee, said: ‘Training does not just need to be extended, it needs new content too. General practice will reap the benefits of a united and well-informed workforce.'

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