Posted by: Witch Doctor | June 18, 2007

PMETB – The second chairman

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THE SECOND CHAIRMAN – LOYAL TO THE COMPETENCY MANTRA?

Following the resignation of Professor Clive Morton in 2004 there was a period of 10 months when Peter Simpson, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists served PMETB as acting chairman pending the appointment of Professor Peter Rubin as Chairman in 2005. Professor Rubin is also chair of the GMC Education Committee.

Quoting from the PMETB website regarding Professor Rubin:

” …..he has led several major policy developments: a shift in the requirements of undergraduate medical education, emphasising competencies to be achieved rather than process.…….”

“….conducting the most far-reacing review of the PRHO year since its inception 50 years ago, introducing assessed competencies for the first time……”

PROFESSOR PETER RUBIN

In 2002 Professor Rubin, as chairman of the GMC’s education committee was involved in the case of Heidi Cox, a disabled student.

Quoting from the student BMJ:

“Professor Peter Rubin, chairman of the GMC’s education committee, explained that the GMC neither encouraged nor discouraged disabled students to become doctors. The GMC has the legal powers to set standards that must be achieved by qualifying students, and the issue was whether a student could achieve those core competencies, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. He pointed out that there are disabled students in many medical schools at the present time.”

THE HEIDI COX CASE

Professor Rubin, therefore, is loyal to and is a major player in the Competency Mantra.

Professor Rubin has more recently written to the Times newspaper responding to a letter of 28 May from Professor Morris Brown and colleagues re MTAS/MMC:

“Wednesday, 06 June 2007

“Sir, In their letter of May 28, Professor Brown and colleagues assert incorrectly that the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) has denied any flaws in the appointments process to speciality training.

We have expressed no public view because, in contrast to our extensive powers over the content and outcomes of speciality training, PMETB’s statutory remit in matters of selection for training is limited to determining that the process can identify those who are eligible to undertake it.

Our powers do not encompass those aspects of selection that have caused distress to many doctors: choosing between eligible candidates. Neither do we determine the number of training posts. While PMETB was an interested party in the judicial review, Mr Justice Goldring offered no criticism of our actions.

The board is by no means indifferent to the situation facing junior doctors. Looking to the immediate future, the additional posts announced by the Secretary of State will require our approval and we will ensure that they meet the training requirements which our young doctors and their patients have a right to expect.

PROFESSOR PETER RUBIN, Chairman of PMETB, London SE1”

The Witch Doctor’s rather complex, competency starved, brain did not understand this letter very well, neither then or now.

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