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Problem solved - or an unsafe solution?

The BMA medical students committee has said that it 'cannot support' new proposals from Health Education England (HEE) to shorten the length of basic medical education - which would bring forward the point at which students fully qualify as doctors. The HEE claims that getting rid of the pre-registration year would ensure that all eligible graduates could gain full GMC registration, resolve patient safety concerns and offer a potential solution to the oversubscription of the foundation programme. You can read the full news story on the front page of the current Student BMA News.

It strikes me that this proposal raises several potential issues – for example, will shortening the length of this basic training help with the oversubscription of the foundation programme?

And, from your own experience – do you think that students will be properly equipped to take on a job as a fully qualified doctor when they graduate from medical school? Do you think you will be?