College of GPs says HS2 work will disrupt its exams
The HS2 rail link is facing new opposition from an unexpected source, after the Royal College of General Practitioners claimed construction of the the line could deprive the UK of thousands of GPs because of disruptions to exams.
The college has petitioned MPs to halt the £50bn scheme on the grounds that construction will cause “unacceptable and direct disturbance” which threatens its ability to run the key MRCGP exam.
Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard said the refurbished RCGP headquarters next to Euston Station in London, the southern terminus of HS2, boasted “unique examination facilities” which would be rendered useless by the noise.
“The proposed works pose serious threats of long-term disturbance and disruption to the activities of the RCGP, most important the examination for the new GP trainees.
“Were the examinations not able to run due to the disturbance caused by HS2 this would mean that the UK would be deprived of thousands of new GPs each year.”
But John Lamb, of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, at the northern end of the first phase of HS2, said: “I am not meaning to belittle their claims but it does seem a bit trivial in the overall scheme of things.”
However, the RCGP stood its ground yesterday, insisting that the exam centre provided a “simulated surgery” environment. New facilities could be built, but this would be extremely costly.
The college is calling for additional soundproofing measures to be implemented. A spokesman said these may be insufficient, however, in which case the college should be compensated for finding, modifying and using an alternative site.
More than 3,000 trainees take the MRCGP exam each year, with the tests running throughout the year.
An HS2 spokeswoman said: “HS2 should not prevent any GPs from taking their qualification exam. We have been working closely with RCGP around their concerns on noise disruption at their Euston premises. We don’t need to acquire their building and they should be able to carry on with their business as usual.”
- 1 Crystal meth addict 'gouged out his eyes and ate them' while high on drug, Australian MP claims
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 5 Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
Toddler throws a tantrum at the White House – in front of Barack Obama
Irish people are travelling home from all over the world so they can vote to legalise gay marriage
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...