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GMC complacent over Shipman changes ­ RCGP

GP training is set for a radical overhaul which will see registrars spend at least 50 per cent longer in general practice.

Under the new model drawn up by the RCGP and due to come into force in 2007, registrars will spend a minimum of 18 months in surgeries, rather than a maximum 12 months.

Registrars will also have more closely defined objectives, particularly for hospital rotations, and will sit an equivalent of the MRCGP rather than go through summative assessment.

Dr Mayur Lakhani, RCGP chair, hailed the overhaul as the biggest change to GP training for 20 years. He said the scheme was more akin to an apprenticeship in general practice.

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