Registrar’s legal threat over lack of GP training

A GP registrar has threatened to sue the East of England Deanery if he fails his Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) assessment after being allowed only a 12-month rotation in practice as part of his training.

There are now fears the case could escalate into a class action.

The challenge has reignited the row between GP educators calling for an 18-month stint in general practice and budget-strapped deaneries that say they can only afford 12 months.

The situation is aggravated by the revelation that SHAs are raiding over £117 million from this year's training budgets.

A spokesman for the Association of Course Organisers (ACO) said: 'It would be meltdown if registrars launch a group action against the deaneries.'

Dr Bill Reith, a co-author of the training curriculum and chairman of the RCGP's postgraduate training committee, said the curriculum 'is not necessarily predicated on spending 18 months in general practice'.

Dr Reith said: 'It was the hope and intention of the RCGP that it would be able to negotiate an 18-month:18-month training split.'

 

CMAJ 2007; 176: 1,705–10

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com  

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