Responding to the publication of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group report, Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, BMA’s junior doctors committee chair said:
“We welcome a pragmatic approach from today's report from the UK Shape of Training Steering Group, which has listened to, rather than undermined, professional bodies for doctors in the UK. We want to reassure patients and doctors that we continue to oppose any changes which devalue the high standard of medical training in the UK or compromise patient care.
“The report acknowledges that decisions regarding the regulation of health professionals are not within the group’s remit. The government’s recent statement on NHS workforce expansion committed to consulting on any proposal to move the point of registration. The BMA has resisted attempts to move the point of registration, which would require significant changes to undergraduate medical curricula, compromising the quality of doctors' training and patients' care.
“We have argued robustly to preserve the current specialty training structure, and for maintaining the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). We insisted that amendments to training pathways, if needed, should be made by the Royal Colleges and Faculties. We have also argued for a model of credentialing that does not undermine the CCT or the coherence of training programmes. Any move that weakens the current standard of specialty training risks reducing the quality of patient care, and is therefore unacceptable to doctors.”
A copy of the report can be read here.
Notes to Editors
A copy of a letter from the BMA on this subject to BMA members can be read here.