Streamlined training for junior doctors set for 2004
Newly qualified doctors in the United Kingdom will soon undertake a two year foundation course covering core clinical skills, including safety of patients and communication skills.
In a drive to reform junior doctors' training, John Hutton, minister for health, recently announced plans to improve the quality of training for doctors to ensure their training is streamlined for the benefit of themselves, the NHS, and patients.
The proposals have been agreed by the United Kingdom's four health departments and will apply to almost 36 000 doctors in training. Pilot studies will be launched later this year, and major implementation is expected in 2004. The strategy takes forward suggestions included in the report Unfinished Business, by the chief medical officer for England, Liam Donaldson, which was published for consultation last August.
Donaldson proposed that postgraduate medical training should begin with broadly based programmes, be time limited, allow doctors to move easily between