In The Times 10th April 2015 a letter from a consultant orthopaedic surgeon exposes the lack of long term thinking. It’s the future of medical education, and diminishing opportunities to gain work experience in the time allowed, which worries many of us.
Doctors must take their share of the blame
Sir, Not everyone will agree with the doctors who blame the government (“NHS is crumbling, top doctors warn”, Apr 8). Fragmentation of services and the increasing involvement of the private sector have progressed largely with the approval of doctor leaders, ranging from clinical/medical directors to the presidents of royal colleges.
The real concern of many coal-face clinicians is the loss of training opportunities for future doctors. In my speciality of ophthalmology trainees are losing out on real clinical experience as many of our patients are now being managed in the private sector, outsourced and paid for by the NHS. Reversing this well-established trend may not be easy for any future government.
Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Wrexham