GMC supports calls to recognise GPs as specialists
The General Medical Council (GMC) has given its support to calls from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) for GPs to be to be recognised as specialists.
Currently there are two separate GMC registers – one for GPs and one for consultant specialists. There’s concern that this separation doesn’t acknowledge the rigorous and lengthy process GPs also have to go through to practice, and the huge contribution they make to patient care across the UK.
The two organisations are seeking to expand the Specialist Register to include general practice but that would require changes to the Medical Act.
Kirstyn Shaw, Assistant Director of Registration and Revalidation for the GMC said; ‘We’re supportive of the proposal to expand the specialist register to include general practice. We’d welcome the opportunity to work with the UK governments to take changes to the legislation forward.'
"We're supportive of the proposal to expand the specialist register to include general practice. We'd welcome the opportunity to work with the UK governments to take changes to the legislation forward."
Assistant Director of Registration and Revalidation
Read the RCGP, BMA and GMC’s joint statement.