On 31st January 2017, the General Medical Council (GMC) has started to consult on proposals for a Medical Licensing Assessment that will provide a single route to the medical register for all doctor who wishes to practise medicine in the UK.
The aim of the proposals is to address the present variation in arrangements for medical students across the country and those who wish to join the register from outside the UK.
Currently, every one of the UK’s 32 medical schools has its own assessment system and there is no UK-wide process to set a common standard to pass.
The Chair of the GMC, Professor Terence Stephenson said that the Medical training in the UK is among the best in the world. UK Medical graduates do well in the UK and in the overseas also. However, the existing arrangements do not allow GMC to evaluate whether overseas graduates and UK graduates have got the same threshold of competence when they are looking for the same licence to practise in the UK.
The Chair of the Medical Schools Assessment Alliance, Professor Neil Johnson said that the functions of the Medical Schools Council is to provide leadership for the education and training of future generation of doctors and, through that, to protect the public.
He further added that the assessment will allow the GMC to demonstrate that all the future doctors have met a common threshold for safety and competence and will therefore make a significant contribution in protecting the public.
Responding to the launch, the chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer said that a single Medical Licensing Assessment would provide clearer assurance that all doctors practicing in the UK are working to the same standards of skills, knowledge and preparedness.
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