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The new accreditation system for GPSIs in England will put many GPs off training for a specialty, the GPC has warned.
The system, launched by the DoH earlier this month, aims to bring all GPSIs up to a single national standard (GP, 4 May).
But individual PCTs will make the final decision on whether to accredit GPs in their area. As a result, GPs fear that PCT commissioning, rather than national standards, will count most for GPSI accreditation.
Under the system, GPs must attend an RCGP-approved course and prove their commitment to the specialty and their generalist position, before a panel at the local PCT decides whether the GP and their service …