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400 potential new GPs trapped in MRCGP limbo as GP leaders call for reform


Strikes me as odd that the RCGP don't try and gain greater buy in from the grass roots GPs by offering membership to every GP who successfully revalidates. In my day - MRCGP was the "quality" marker. however since it moved to nMRCGP as effectively the entry requirement to General Practice - all GPs who aren't members who are effectively doing the job are in theory as qualified as those newbies who just pass. If you say they aren't then what is revalidation about? are you saying a revalidated GP with 20 years experiences isn't as good as a straight out of registrar year GP? The college however with its elitist attitude still forces existing GPs to run through the MAP process. which is wordy and long and tedious. FAP i could understand and indeed I would think thats a better way of electing fellows that the mates club it is currently. I never finished my MRCGP as i got a partnership and didnt need it. I've been on a PEC and am now a GB member of the CCG - I also hold an academic position. Arguably I've done more for general practice locally than one of my partners who was elected an F by his mates down the road who are also Fs (for being a trainer). but I'm not eligible for membership unless I sit MAP - who has the time - reading the CCG agendas takes all mine! Until the college recognises good grass roots GPs and embraces them the college will be increasingly irrelevant. by bringing on all GPs - they could reduce the fee! I however think i know why they don't - its their club - would they still be voted to the top and hold all the plumb positions if real GPs were involved?

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12 Jul 2016

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