Review backs GP training extension

The RCGP has welcomed extending GP training in the UK from three to five years, as recommended by the Tooke Report.

Professor Sir John Tooke's review of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) called for GP training to be as thorough as specialty training in other disciplines.

RCGP chairman Professor Steve Field said he was 'delighted' with the outcome, which was a result of the RCGP's work on the GP training curriculum.

'The RCGP supports the division of training into new core specialty training programmes in family medicine,' he said.

But Professor Field said that the RCGP has concerns over the recommendation to abolish the Foundation Year 2.

'Specialists might not have the opportunity to spend time in general practice during their first year of core specialty training,' he said.

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