Health: Dermatology

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent research showing that 24 per cent of general practitioners' workload is about skin conditions; and whether they will require dermatology to become a mandatory part of medical students' and general practitioners' training.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The department does not collect data on general practitioner workload and is unable to confirm or otherwise comment on the information regarding dermatology workload.

The content of curriculum and quality and standard of training for medical professions is the responsibility not of the department but of the appropriate professional regulatory body.

However, the department is committed to working with the professional regulatory bodies, royal colleges and others to promote high standards of education and training to ensure that students and doctors are equipped with the up-to-date knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for professional practice.

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