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The General and Specialist Medical Practice (Education, Training and Qualifications) Order 2003

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Article 5(6)

SCHEDULE 4TEXT OF ARTICLES 30, 31(1) AND 34 OF THE DIRECTIVE

Article 30

Each Member State which dispenses the complete training referred to in Article 23 within its territory shall institute specific training in general medical practice meeting requirements at least as stringent as those laid down in Articles 31 and 32, in such a manner that the first diplomas, certificates or other evidence of formal qualifications awarded on completion of the course are issued not later than 1st January 2006.

Article 31

1.  The specific training in general medical practice referred to in Article 30 must meet the following minimum requirements:

(a)entry shall be conditional upon the successful completion of at least six years' study within the framework of the training course referred to in Article 23;

(b)it shall be a full-time course lasting at least three years, and shall be supervised by the competent authorities or bodies;

(c)it shall be practically rather than theoretically based; the practical instruction shall be given, on the one hand, for at least six months in an approved hospital or clinic with suitable equipment and services and, on the other hand, for at least six months in an approved general medical practice or in an approved centre where doctors provide primary care; it shall be carried out in contact with other health establishments or structures concerned with general medical practice; however, without prejudice to the aforesaid minimum periods, the practical instruction may be given for a maximum period of six months in other approved health establishments or structures concerned with general medical practice;

(d)it shall entail the personal participation of the trainee in the professional activities of the persons with whom he works.

Article 34

1.  Without prejudice to the principle of full-time training laid down in Article 31(1)(b), Member States may authorize specific part-time training in general medical practice in addition to full-time training, where the following particular conditions are met:

  • the total duration of training may not be shortened because it is being followed on a part-time basis,

  • the weekly duration of part-time training may not be less than 50 per cent of weekly full-time training,

  • part-time training must include a certain number of full-time training periods, both for the training conducted at a hospital or clinic and for the training given in an approved medical practice or in an approved centre where doctors provide primary care. These full-time training periods shall be of sufficient number and duration as to provide adequate preparation for the effective exercise of general medical practice.

2.  Part-time training must be of a level and quality equivalent to that of full-time training. It shall lead to a diploma, certificate or other evidence of formal qualification, as referred to in Article 30.

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