Training system is ‘damaging care’

The BMA has told Sir John Tooke’s inquiry into Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) that its members think the new junior doctors’ training system is damag-ing care.

Nine out of 10 junior, consultant and staff-grade doctors who answered a BMA survey said MMC will not deliver ‘doctors trained to the required standard for an NHS consultant’.

Three out of four respondents, and 82 per cent of juniors, told the BMA that the competency-based assessments doctors undergo in the Foundation years fail to accurately assess their abilities.

Almost two-fifths said the number of medical school places should drop. Among junior doctors, 46 per cent said the number of medical school places should fall.

Sir John Tooke, dean of Peninsula Medical School, was appointed in April by then health secretary Patricia Hewitt to review MMC. Early findings are due in September.

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