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
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