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BMA and RCGP Demand Action to Give GPs Specialist Status

British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have released a combined statement about the GPs recognition as specialist in general practice/family medicine in the UK.  The statement was made on the long delayed of the recognition of GP as the specialist with an affirmation from the BMA’s Representative Body and the RCGP.  

Government and General Medical Council (GMC) are being urged by the BMA and RCGP to take some steps quickly to make sure that GPs are accepted as specialists and placed them on equal position to secondary care doctors. 

In a combined statement of BMA and RCGP, the GP heads of all organisation said that it was an  ‘anachronistic anomaly’ that post graduate GP training is still not known as specialist medical training in the UK.  Most countries like in Australia,  USA and Canada, and most of the EU nations identify General practice/family medicine as a speciality.  

A recent call from UEMO (the European Union of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) for all EU countries to recognise general practice as a specialty shows support in the statement from other European medical organisation.  

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker and BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, along with the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland co-representatives said that the recognition of GP as a speciality is now ‘long overdue’.  According to them, they call upon the government and GMC to make changes required to add GPs to the List of Specialists and equal GPs status same as their secondary care colleagues’.   

All this demand arises after the General Practitioners Committee UK (GPC UK) warned that Brexit might affect efforts to provide GPs the same status as specialists.  

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