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GMC consults on plans for single test for all new doctors

GMC consults on plans for single test for all new doctors

The GMC has started to consult on plans for a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) that will provide a single route to the medical register for all doctors who wish to practice in the UK.

The proposals aim to address the current variation in arrangements for medical students across the country and those wishing to join the register from outside the UK.

At present, every one of the UK's 32 medical schools has its own system and although they share some written questions there is no UK-wide process to set a common standard to pass. International medical graduates (IMGs) also have a number of means of entry, the most common of which is the GMC's Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test.

Meanwhile, doctors from the EU can secure a UK licence to practice without any test of their competence. A recent poll of patients for the GMC found that two-thirds would have greater confidence in the checks carried out on doctors if there was a single assessment taken to enter the profession.

Professor Neil Johnson, Chair of the Medical Schools Assessment Alliance, said: 'This assessment will enable the GMC to demonstrate that all future doctors have met a common threshold for competence and safety and will therefore make an important contribution to protecting the public.'

The GMC's consultation is open from 31 January to 30 April 2017. To read the proposals and give your views, visit the dedicated consultation page on the GMC website.

Source: GMC UK

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