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Calls for Release of Doctors to Undertake National Work for Benefit of Public and Health Services


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03 Jul 2017

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh supports calls made by the General Medical Council, NHS England, and the Chief Medical Officers of the four nations to every employer in the Health Service urging favourability on requests from doctors applying for absence in order to undertake national work for the wider benefit of the public and health services across the UK.

The letter states:

"We understand that in the current climate there is considerable pressure on local resources and that you will need to take account of that and ensure that contractual commitments are applied appropriately. However, we hope you will regard such activity by your clinical staff as an investment in our Health Services and a reflection of the high standards in your organisation. The experience gained by these individuals should be of direct benefit to the unit in which they work. We would be grateful if you could bring this to the attention of the members of your Board."

The full letter can be downloaded below.


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