Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve GP training for the diagnosis of Lyme disease.
(Citation: HC Deb, 15 September 2016, cW)
The content and standard of medical training is the responsibility of the General Medical Council (GMC), which is an independent statutory body. The GMC has the general function of promoting high standards of education and co-ordinating all stages of education to ensure that medical students and newly qualified doctors are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for professional practice. This includes recognising and treating Lyme disease.
The training curriculum for general practitioners (GPs) is written by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), and has to meet the standards set by the GMC. Whilst the RCGP curriculum does not highlight specific conditions for GPs to be aware of, it instead emphasises the skills and approaches that a GP must develop in order to ensure accurate and timely diagnoses and treatment plans for their patients.
GPs have responsibility for maintaining their continuing professional development, ensuring that they can provide high quality care to all patients.