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Health Services: Speech Impaired

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is provided to general practitioners in identifying and treating children with a speech, language or communication disability. (167613)

[holding answer 26 November 2007]: The Government do not specify the content of the general practitioner (GP) training curriculum. This is the job of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), which is the competent authority for postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom. PMETB is an independent professional body.

PMETB has recently approved a new curriculum for postgraduate general practice training developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners to accompany the introduction of new training programmes in August 2007 as part of the Modernising Medical Careers reforms, available at:

This should incorporate all the various requirements for training as a GP—any comments on the curriculum should be addressed to PMETB or the college.