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GP training should be 5 years, report says

GP training should be extended by two years to cope with the shift of complex care to the community, concludes an independent inquiry into the Modernising Medical Careers programme.

The report by Sir John Tooke, published today, warns the training required to support the shift of care to the community has been ‘insufficiently acknowledged'.

It also points to the increasing incidence of comorbidity among the UK's ageing population as a further demand on GPs.

To tackle these issues, the report recommends general practice training be extended from three to five years, in line with other speciality training and with other developed European countries.

‘It is time to acknowledge that to be a skilled generalist possibly takes longer than being a narrowly confined specialist,' it concludes.

The report argues that the costs of this training extension would be partly offset by fewer referrals to secondary care and more older people being looked after effectively in the community.

The inquiry was launched following the MTAS selection debacle earlier this year.

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