PCT wouldn't fund course
All GPs should be given the chance to undertake special training in their field of interest. I have always had an interset in urology and have waited for quite a long time for a university close to Kent to start a course in this field.
When the University of Middlesex's institute of urology started a diploma in urology 18 months ago I was very excited.
My local consultant urologist was overwhelmed as he was looking for a GP who had an interest in this field.
In Feburary 2003 I asked my PCT for support but was turned down. I decided to fund it myself – at a cost of more than £7,500.
There are, however, some PCTs that have funded their GPs for this course. I feel let down by my PCT.
Dr LM Ali