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Mr Hunt, please recognise GPs as specialists


Unless the format of the MRCGP exam has changed, is it not the case that the clinical assessment component of the exam utilises actors and at no point is the ability to elicit clinical signs tested? To my mind, this is at variance with the Membership exams of the other colleges the acquisition of which is the entry-point for specialist training.It also results in much missed pathology in my experience. I also question the muddled notion of the "Single-Organ Specialist"; endocrinology is a glaring example which does not fit this definition. Lastly, I doubt very much that the vacuous bestowal of a new title will boost GP morale in any sustained fashion, and it should not be forgotten that such a title will alter patients expectations which are not likely to be met in a lot of cases.

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16 Nov 2017

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