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RCSEd Supports Health Committee's Report

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23 May 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has welcomed the Health Select Committee's report on Education, Training and Workforce Planning, which has been issued 23 May 2012.

RCSEd firmly believes that effective, high quality, education, training and workforce planning are essential in ensuring patient safety and promoting improved quality of care and patient outcomes. With over half RCSEd's membership based in England, the College believes that these factors are even more important in the context of the significant structural change to the NHS in England, as a result of the Health and Social Care Act (2012). The College supports the Committee's call to the UK Government to bring greater focus and urgency to this crucial area and calls on the Government to provide more specification around the Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), particularly in terms of their functionality and composition.

In response to the Committee's clear statement that Post-Graduate Medical Deans should "continue to exist to provide an independent professional voice", the College supports this retention and stresses the necessity for the continued close involvement of the Royal Colleges as they progress into the new architecture.

RCSEd welcomes the UK Government's commitment to addressing the shortfalls in the current system and looks forward to working in consultation to achieve this. The College agrees that the current arrangements for funding education and training in the NHS are widely seen as lacking in transparency and accountability, with unfairness in how funds are allocated and believes the proposed new tariff for paying education and training providers will bring greater fairness, transparency and focus on quality.

To read the full report, visit the Commons Select Committee website.

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