GMC supports specialist status for GPs

THE GMC has given its support to calls from the Royal College of General Practitioners and the BMA for GPs to be recognised as specialists.

Currently there are two separate GMC registers – one for GPs and one for consultant specialists. GP leaders believe this separation fails to acknowledge the rigorous and lengthy process GPs go through to practice and the huge contribution they make to patient care across the UK.

The RCGP and BMA are seeking to expand the specialist register to include general practice but this will require changes to the Medical Act.

Kirstyn Shaw, Assistant Director of Registration and Revalidation for the GMC said: "We’re supportive of the proposal to expand the specialist register to include general practice. We’d welcome the opportunity to work with the UK governments to take changes to the legislation forward."