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'Train registrars for 18 months'

The general practice part of GP training should be extended from 12 to 18 months and further vocational courses developed to ensure GPs are 'fit for purpose', research concludes.

The qualitative study (BMJ October 25) looked at the experiences of 13 GP registrars in Northern Ireland, six of whom undertook an extra six months' training.

Registrars who took the 12-month course found it too pressurised and focused on exams. They had training gaps and lacked confidence. Those who did the extra six months spent more time on patient care and self-directed learning.

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