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We did not snub Sir Liam

From Ian Cumming, deputy chair, PMETB

I am writing with regard to your coverage of PMETB's response to Good Doctors, Safer Patients (News, 9 November), which is at significant variance with our actual response.

PMETB's response plainly states it sees clear benefits in a single regulator for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training. But PMETB believes that any single regulator would need to be a new body and not an expanded PMETB, as has been suggested.

PMETB also sensibly calls for further discussion, to ensure benefits outweigh costs – to ensure change demonstrably improves patient safety.

These clear statements do not support your reporting of PMETB's position on who should take on the role of regulator and the practicalities of instituting such a body.

The discussions generated by Good Doctors, Safer Patients are complex but will ultimately lead to improvements in patient safety. Consequently, it is important that responses are accurately reported.

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