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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7092.3a (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3a-7092

Accident and emergency is a new specialty: the first consultant was appointed in 1972, and there is still a shortage of consultants. In such situations trainees may be tempted to truncate their training and take up a consultant post. A recent questionnaire survey of recently accredited specialists in the Journal of Accident and Emergency Medicine (1997;14:104-6) showed that while new consultants felt that their training had equipped them adequately for most clinical situations, many felt short of management skills such as budgeting, medicolegal work, media relations, and complaint management.

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