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Induction course for doctors urged

Doctors joining the UK health service should be given basic induction courses before they start practising, a regulator has recommended.

The General Medical Council (GMC) said all newly-qualified and foreign doctors should undergo such a course amid concerns they are under-prepared to treat people.

The call comes after a study revealed that some medical staff start practising with very little preparation and that some locums are taking on responsibilities without the relevant training.

The GMC report also found that many doctors joining the NHS need better support in order to practise safely.

Last year, a review ordered by the Government urged inductions for doctors who had not worked out-of-hours or in the NHS.

The proposals for an induction scheme are due to go to the GMC council by the end of 2011.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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