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Doctors reject public health specialist registration

The BMA has rejected a proposal by the UK Department of Health for a single system of registration for public health medicine specialists.

20 Jun 2010

The BMA has rejected a proposal by the UK Department of Health for a single system of registration for public health medicine specialists.

Under the proposal, public health specialists would remain on the GMC (General Medical Council) specialist register, but they would also be expected to be on the proposed public health register.

The BMA public health medicine committee said there was no compelling reason for the proposals.

“What we are keen to see is for non-medical consultants in public health to be regulated to the same standards as consultants in public health medicine,” said committee chair, Dr Keith Reid.

Dr Reid said this did not mean that the GMC should regulate non-medical specialists, and that a single test for the standard of individual practice for public health specialists was all that was needed.


Published: 20 Jun 2010