To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services if the programme of regular education and training which general practitioners must undertake to qualify for the new postgraduate educational allowance is relevant to general practice; and if the programme's content will be approved by the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Relevance to general practice will be a key feature of courses qualifying for the new postgraduate educational allowance announced in the White Paper "Promoting Better Health". No decisions have been made about this new allowance. The detail will be discussed with the family doctors' representatives, the General Medical Services Committee during the coming year. The views of the Royal College of General Practitioners will be an essential part of our consideration of this issue.