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Medicine: Education

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 6336, tabled on 28 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to introduce a national exam for all medical students in England upon graduating from medical school.

Answered on

31 October 2019

The Department has no plans to introduce a national exam for medical students in England upon graduating from medical school.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent regulator of doctors in the United Kingdom, and sets the standards for undergraduate medical education and training.

The GMC has announced that from 2023 it will introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) that all UK medical students and non-European Economic Area international applicants must pass before they can join the medical register. The MLA will test the core knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to practise safely in the UK.

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