General practice to be removed from medical training

Published: 28 November 2018 at 16.30

Updated: 28 November 2018 at 16.30

Today, at least 18 months of practical work, general practice, are required following graduating with a University Medical Degree to be granted authorisation to practise as a doctor. The Government proposes that this requirement should be removed. This proposal is linked to a proposal concerning changes in medical training currently under preparation by the Government. The proposal concerning changes in medical training would mean that medical training would be extended by one term and that authorisation would be given directly after completion of the training. Following this, the possibility for approximately one year of basic residential training would be provided, as an introduction to the specialised practice in the current system. In order to enable the proposal concerning changes in medical training to be approved, the requirement for general practice will have to be removed.

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal to remove the requirement for general practice. The amendments will come into force on 1 July 2020.

The Riksdag also calls on the Government by way of an announcement to ensure that the educational cooperation that Sweden has today with Åland concerning general practice is to continue as regards basic residential training.