Commenting on the Shape of Training steering group statement released today, RCP president Professor Jane Dacre said:
We agree that in future we will need more doctors with the general medical skills to care for the increasing numbers of patients coming to hospital with multiple medical conditions, particularly frail older patients. To train a good doctor who can provide generalist care together with specialist expertise requires adequate time.
We are against any shortening of training, as this would affect the quality of the care our doctors can provide. We are pleased that today's announcement does not suggest a reduction in the number of years needed to train a doctor, and we look forward to discussing the changes necessary to the curricula to ready our doctors for the patients of the future.
You can find the full statement by the UK Shape of Training steering group on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ website.