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Half of GPs still critical of RCGP's handling of the CSA exam row


I am not an IMG. Most GPs have never had to undertake the CSA exam but I am sure they are safe excellent doctors for their patients and colleagues. The mean mark of each cohort who sit the exam is close to pass mark, usually only a few marks above but sometimes even below the pass mark. Why is the mean scoring (or just below) candidate failing? The RCGP wishes to keep the CSA to ensure patient safety - yet most GPs are allowed to practice without ever having to take the CSA. Statistics from the exam show that you are less likely to pass the exam the longer it has been since you left medical school, showing that experience and wisdom may not help. If the CSA standard was introduced for all GP, a minimum of 5-10% (I suspect much higher) of GPs would not pass. Are these unsafe doctors? If they were not allowed to practice as GPs the uproar this would cause by patients, their colleagues and the department of health will cancel this exam.

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25 Apr 2014

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