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'Don't slice time off GP training'

The BMA has warned the Government not to slash the length of GP training as a means of tackling the recruitment crisis.

The caution came after the Department of Health announced plans to streamline doctor training in its document Unfinished Business, Proposals to Streamline the Senior House Officer Grade.

It wants to introduce a two-year foundation programme for junior doctors that would lead to specialist and general practice training programmes.

'While we have campaigned to improve the balance between GP practice-based and hospital-based experience, we would have serious concerns if the Government opts for shorter training programmes for GPs,' said BMA chair Dr Ian Bogle.

'Slicing time off GPs' training simply as a quick-fix solution to the dire recruitment problems in general practice would be ill-advised.'

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