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GMC defends medical graduate quality

Published: Thursday, 12 November 2009   Category: Public sector

The General Medical Council (GMC) has given reassurance that medical graduates are up to the job after a study suggested that they were lacking some skills.

The research came from two teaching hospitals in Nottingham, led by Dr David Matheson, and claimed that while those looking for graduate jobs in the medical field were good at teamwork and communication, some could not perform basic procedures such as injections, the Telegraph reported.

Speaking to Onmedica.com, the GMC, whose published standards the report was based on, said that people should not "jump to conclusions" over its results.

"Tomorrow's doctors will require that students have more opportunity to apply their medical knowledge and skills in hospitals and surgeries before they graduate," a spokesperson explained.

They added that many skills will take experience in a graduate job before they are mastered.

The NHS recently displayed its commitments to providing graduate jobs at an employment fair at the University of Reading last month, along with other firms such as the Met Office, BMW, Lidl, IBM and Sainsbury's.

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