RCSEd Writes to Secretary of State for Health

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09 Aug 2016

Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, has written to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, asking him to consider a number of practical steps to help improve surgical training and staff morale.

Mr Lavelle-Jones said:

“Feedback from our Fellows and Members, as well as staff surveys conducted by the GMC et al, persistently point to declining morale across the NHS.

“However, we believe that our proposals, namely guaranteed time for training, the introduction of a modern day apprenticeship model of training, a review of the role of consultants and the development of a UK wide framework to develop the professional skills of non-medical staff, will fundamentally improve surgical training.

“We also believe that another term needs to be found to describe ‘junior’ or ‘trainee’ doctors. These are highly skilled and committed professionals and should be recognised as such.”

The letter, which has also been sent to stakeholders throughout the UK, can be found downloadable here.


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