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RCGP wins bid to extend GP training to four years

  • By: Helen Jaques
  • Published: 27 April 2012
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e2944
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e2944

The Royal College of General Practitioners has been successful in its bid to increase the length of GP training from three years to four years from 2014.

The proposals presented to the Medical Programme Board this week suggest increasing the amount of time GP trainees spend in general practice placements from 12 months to 24 months. Trainees should spend the other 24 months of training in placements in secondary care, community care, and general practice.

Chair of the college Clare Gerada has said she is “absolutely thrilled” with the outcome of the bid, describing Wednesday as “a momentous day, not just for general practice, but for the entire medical profession and, most importantly, for our patients.”

“GPs are facing the challenges of an ageing population, with multiple, complex comorbidities, and our training needs to develop to reflect that,” she said. “This fantastic first step will ensure the future proofing of

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