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DAUK Write to HEE as they approve an apprentice scheme for doctors

As reported in Pulse,

A medical degree apprenticeship scheme has been ‘approved for delivery’ and could start from September next year, it has been announced. 

The scheme, which has been met with scepticism from doctor unions, will see students employed for the duration of their medical degree, doing ‘on the job’ learning through clinical placements alongside attending medical school. 

Last July, Health Education England (HEE) launched a consultation on a proposed doctor apprenticeship scheme with the aim to roll out the programme from September this year. 

In April last year, Doctors Association UK members voted unanimously to oppose the new scheme due to reports it would have a heavy primary care focus. 

The union raised concerns about inadequate training and warned that GP trainers would lack time to train apprentices.

DAUK met with Professor Hughes from HEE last year, and we have written to her again to seek clarification on this scheme. here is our letter