Stephen Barclay, the Minister of State for Health, has suggested that doctors could qualify in three years (rather than five) as a means to mitigate staff shortages as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
Speaking on the Telegraph’s Brexit Podcast, the Minister described it as an opportunity to look at “how we make things more bespoke to UK needs”. He highlighted that the move would not only get new doctors into the system quicker, but would save money in training costs allowing for a cost-neutral expansion of the number of training places.
The BMA has issued a statement criticising the suggestion, saying that it will seriously dilute the quality of training. They also challenge the Minister’s comments about needing a more bespoke process, pointing out that the length of training is not dictated by EU requirements, as it already exceeds their minimum standards.