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Trainee doctors will be represented on all sub-committees of the new Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board.

GP training experts welcomed the decision but warn-ed GP registrars must be adequately represented.

Dr Roger Chapman, joint honorary secretary of the out-going Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice and a GP in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, said the move was 'highly desirable'.

But he added that the trainees should be chosen 'democratically' and be representative of trainee doctors as a whole. 'I hope there would be adequate numbers of potential GPs among the trainee representatives,' he said.

The GPC has previously expressed concern over the lack of GP representation on the PMETB. The PMETB has also announced that performance standards must be 'transparent and in the public domain' and that 'there will be lay input in the development of assessment'.

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