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Health minister rejects request for compulsory GP training placement


I have no problem with F2's and F1's coming to the practice. Indeed, I used to have students on a regular basis. Regarding the latter, we were paid well, I would say, but then we were good to them too, and made sure we had "proper" teaching sessions, with a timetable, and each partner having 3-4 appointments blocked out so they could either teach/discuss the case without feeling hassled and then also let the student see patients on their own, reporting then back to the partner, again, without falling behind. With FY2's we found (IIRC) that the training grant was no more than with a reg but they needed far more supervision, reviewing every patient with them for 6m. We then found we were always pushed for time, and it generally didn't work out as well. Though they were always nice people. God bless 'em, I know we need them, but we need to be properly resourced to do it, as you say. A double training grant for their 6m would probably be about right. I expect the morons in the DoH! cannot understand why a junior in hospital will share their supervisor with 15 others, and in GP it is basically usually 1:1. I'd say the quality of training is BETTER in GP. (Someone will flame me!)

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08 Nov 2014

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