Colleges issue statement on minimal access surgery

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 04 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1457
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    The senate of the royal surgical colleges of Great Britain and Ireland has issued a statement on quality assurance, aimed at ensuring that rapid advances in technology such as minimal access surgery do not affect standards of surgical care.

    The statement covers surgical training, certification, audit, and continuing professional education. The senate has agreed several new measures including “the introduction into basic training of mandatory teaching, assessment and certification of a range of surgical skills including those required in the use of endoscopic equipment.” Trainees found “inept or physically unable to use any particular techniques,” says the statement, will not receive certification and will be unable to pursue a career in the …

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