The General Medical Council (GMC) has said that it will back a move to include General Practitioners in a single advanced specialist register.
The chief executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey has announced that the moves to create a single register of specialists that includes GPs would be supported by the GMC.
Last year the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) launched a campaign for general practice to be considered as a medical specialty, and merge the two separate GMC lists for hospital doctors and GPs.
According to the GP leaders, the move will let GPs to work freely in other European countries, and would stop GPs from ’being second class citizens’ in medicine.
Charlie Massey said that the GPs make an enormous and vital contribution to healthcare in the UK, delivering expert care and treatment to millions of patients every year.
He further added that the GMC accept the recent argument made by the RCGP and the BMA to make a single advanced register for both GPs and specialists would make the entire medical register more helpful and informative for employers, patients and doctors.
The chair of BMA GPs committee, Chaand Nagpaul welcomed the move adding that a single medical register would finally guarantee parity of professional recognition for general practice.
He said Putting GPs on the specialist register would make their expertise clearer and put them on a deserved equal footing with other specialists, such as hospital consultants. Now, the UK Government should follow the GMC’s lead and listen to the case made by the BMA by modifying the Medical Act so GPs get the recognition they deserve.
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