GP training in the UK should be extended from three years to five years to enable junior doctors to learn more about healthcare and management, especially in paediatrics, according to a report from Royal College of General Practitioners.

The report noted that only 40% of the trainee GPs in the UK receive paediatric training before they qualify.

GPs without paediatric training are unable to provide out of hours care to sick children or treat those with complex fractures.

Dr Clare Gerada, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said that apart form paediatric training, other aspects such as management, research, commissioning and treating mental illness are also being neglected.