Doctors should learn management as part of their undergraduate training, the British Association of Medical Managers and the British Medical Association has said.

In a joint statement, the BMA and BAMM said the move would allow doctors to learn about 'complex management'.

It said: 'All doctors should, therefore, receive a basic level of management and leadership education in undergraduate years and throughout their careers.'

There should be a 'clear career structure' for doctors who have 'aptitude [and] interest' in management, it added.

BMA clinical and medical directors subcommittee chair Dr David Scott said: 'Effective medical management enhances partnership and enables doctors to have a more effective role in determining how services are provided for patients.'