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Inquiry calls for tighter supervision of British trainees

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7018.1453 (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1453

Junior doctors in Britain with less than three years' training should not put patients at risk by anaesthetising or operating without appropriate supervision, says the latest National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths. “The number of unsupervised senior house officers doing operations is now quite small, but clearly consultants have to create a climate in their units in which juniors can ask for help without recrimination,” said Ron Hoile, clinical director for surgery at the Medway NHS Trust and a member of the inquiry. “It is a consultant's responsibility to assess trainees and delegate responsibilities so that people can do things appropriate to their skills.”

The report notes that in most specialties there were examples …

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