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Medical Training

Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will consider introducing a requirement that, as part of the three-year vocational training for general practice, a full six months should be devoted to psychiatric medicine, which is forming an increasing part of a general practitioner's work load.

To obtain a certificate of prescribed experience, doctors wishing to enter general practice as principals will, from 16 August 1982, have to have undertaken six months training or its equivalent in two of seven hospital specialities. Psychiatry is one of these and we do not propose to make the requirement more restrictive.