GMC Report - the state of medical education and practice

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The General Medical Council has published its sixth annual State of medical education and practice report. The report considers some of the current challenges facing the profession, the systems in which it works and how the make-up of the profession continues to change.

Key findings show:

  • there is increased pressures on health and social care services
  • we have greater reliance on older doctors and non-UK graduates
  • obstetrics and gynaecology and psychiatry have seen a 10 per cent reduction in trainee numbers
  • there has been a reduction in the number of complaints against doctors.

Changing face of UK medicine 

The report also shows that the profession becoming more ethnically diverse, for example:

  • in the period 2011-2015 there has been a 22 per cent increase in the numbers of specialists describing themselves as black and minority ethnic
  • the proportion of female doctors is edging closer to making up 50 per cent of the register.

This is a useful report that employers welcome each year, using it to improve how they plan their medical workforce and deliver safe, high quality care.

Find out more 

You can download a full copy of the report from the GMC website.  

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