Letters Nuffield report on emergency general surgery

No need to develop a special interest category for emergency general surgery

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2591 (Published 11 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2591
  1. W H Allum, chair1,
  2. Gareth Griffiths, surgical director, intercollegiate surgical curriculum programme1,
  3. Jon Lund, chair, specialty advisory committee in general surgery1
  1. 1Joint Committee on Surgical Training, Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE, UK
  1. gareth.griffiths{at}nhs.net

We welcome the Nuffield Trust’s contribution to the debate on the provision of emergency general surgery services.1 2 The report comments on the “loss of the generalist”—a surgeon capable of managing patients presenting to an emergency general surgery service by providing the necessary preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care.

We …

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