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RCGP apologises to trainees after chaotic introduction of MRCGP equality reforms

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@10:17 pm, we tried everything, suggested installments, suggested videotaping all stations for fair appeals, suggested 2 examiners per station to reduce intraobserver bias, suggested Harvard IAT testing to exclude examiners and actors with strong preference for one particular race, etc. Logic and reasoning are not what comes to mind when I think of the RCGP. Only last night did I hear that some trainees in Tower Hamlets now cannot afford to cough up this huge ransom in such a short time and thus cannot afford to sit in Feb so have to defer their exam to later. This means instead of making this exam more fair, they are forced to only have one sitting before they have to appeal at an ARCP panel for a 6 month extension if they fail! With a shortage of GPs and GP surgeries closing, this puts added strain on finding a GP placement and takes away from incoming GP trainees who also need placements. A trainer was told the College needed to know how many would be sitting in Jan/Feb as the reason why they moved the application dates forward 2 months so that examiners could book their leave. Perhaps they could have asked for an expression of interest first? Why the need for your £1600 now and not a month before? Why should they also benefit from the bank interest accumulated on your payments paid 3 months ahead of the exam? I remember pre October 2007 when the MRCGP exam cost £190 a module and £300 for simulated surgery. I paid £190 to submit a video for MRCGP as a GP reg. Even a video module option has also been rejected by the RCGP. Believe me I tried as council rep to make this exam cost effective for trainees. I have watched the CSA fee go up in price year on year in spectacular fashion from £1100 to now a whopping £1600 a go. Perhaps the RCGP should stop reading the Daily Mail?

Posted date

20 Nov 2014

Posted time

6:19am

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