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Automatic Mutual recognition (EXEMPTION FROM VOCATIONAL TRAINING): The main European legislation is Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications. This sets out our obligations for recognising the medical qualifications held by doctors from within the European Economic Area (EEA). This directive has now been amended by Directive 2013/55/EU.



The present system of GP training only meets the minimum European Union requirements and, even when educational opportunities are optimised, the existing three-year programme is no longer able to accommodate the increased training needs of future GPs. For example, one in six of all GP consultations are with children, yet currently fewer than half of GPs in training currently have had an opportunity to gain experience of acute childhood illness in a specialist-based training placement