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PTEMB testing my patience

From Dr Anna Benson

Via e-mail

I am dissatisfied over becoming certified as a qualified GP by the PTEMB. I am a GP registrar due to qualify in February.

I have worked hard, and been consistently enthusiastic about my career choice; indeed I have encouraged colleagues to follow suit. I understand we are short of GPs. How naive I have been. My complaints are twofold.

First, I signed up on a scheme which has always given free certification, to find out on the gossip grapevine at the final hour, not by any personal or timely correspondence, that I am expected to pay £350, plus £75, plus £250 for the privilege.

If I do not I will not be able to practise ­ how clever to hold an eager-to-practise registrar over a barrel like that.

Second, I have ­ at a huge personal cost, both financially and in terms of time and effort ­ sat my MRCGP, and hope to qualify to become a member of the highly acclaimed college representing the pinnacle of general practice. Not only do I have to pay again to become a member (albeit with a £75 refund), I understand all future GPs will automatically become a member for no extra financial cost at all!

I understand the rationale behind improving the quality of GPs and standardising our training. I support it. I feel aggrieved and truly hurt that I, along with registrars in a similar position, are forced to pay significant sums of money, and fill out numerous additional forms, as well as chase the relevant bodies for clarification of the hoops required for us to jump through.

A personal letter, with an explanation behind the charges, would have been nice. I will of course stand in line and pay up, just as they knew I would.

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