Radical proposals to put management at the heart of junior doctors' training have been accepted by professional bodies.

The Academy of Royal Colleges of the United Kingdom has 'unanimously' accepted a report from the Scottish royal colleges which includes a core curriculum for postgraduate clinicians 'across the UK and in all medical specialties'.

The curriculum focuses on the basic structure of the NHS and skills such as leadership and strategic planning.

President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh John Cash said the initiative should help doctors become more effective in healthcare planning.

'This is not about turning doctors into the health service managers of the future,' he said. 'Instead, it is focused on helping doctors to contribute fully to this hugely complex organisation in which we are all privileged to work.'