RCoA response to GMC report into medical education

Responding to the publication of the General Medical Council’s report, The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2017, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said:

“We recognise these findings from the GMC, which yet again demonstrate how work and training pressures on doctors across all specialties need to be addressed if the NHS is to meet increasing patient demand.

“The GMC highlights how the expected level of commitment is not sustainable and that doctors are being pushed too often to their limit. The Royal College of Anaesthetists raised these concerns in our report into the welfare, morale and experiences of anaesthetists in training1, published last week.

“We have called for a change in culture across the NHS to effectively address issues of education, recruitment and retention of all NHS staff. Anaesthetists, as doctors working in the largest single hospital specialty, not only care for two-thirds of all hospital patients, they also serve as a window into the rest of the NHS workforce.

“We therefore support the GMC’s call for a more supportive workplace culture, which would include greater provision for flexible training patterns such as less than full time. By accommodating doctors’ personal needs, such as childcare, we can retain doctors who may otherwise have had to leave medical training.

“I am encouraged by the GMC’s focus on the mental health and physical wellbeing of doctors. We look forward to working with the GMC in the new year to ensure that the NHS workforce of the future feels valued, motivated, and able to provide the best care to patients.”

1. A report on the welfare, morale and experiences of anaesthetists in training: the need to listen - bit.ly/moralereport

19 December 2017

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