It’s the future of medical education which worries many of us.

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.

Nikhil Kaushik

Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Wrexham

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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