Medical students may be given a full licence to practise medicine as soon as they graduate. However, under new plans they would have to sit an additional exam to gain entry onto the foundation programme that allows them to work for the NHS.
If the proposals from Health Education England go ahead they would signal a major change to the way the NHS recruits and trains junior doctors. It is intended to lead to a change away from what HEE describes as there being the current “moral obligation” to give medical students NHS jobs and instead improve the standard of medics joining the health service.
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