Teaching laparoscopic surgery Role of government centres

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6950.342 (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:342
  1. C Fowler
  1. Flin Flon General Hospital, Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada RA8 lM8.
  2. Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London WC2A 3PN

    EDITOR, - C M S Royston and colleagues find it hard to discern a role for “the centres for minimally invasive surgery” that “the government is setting up.”1 I hope that I can help them. The centres in London and Leeds have been funded jointly by the NHS Executive and the Wolfson Foundation as minimal access therapy training units. Government funding for the centre in Dundee comes from the Scottish Office. The centre's function is to design, validate, and encourage training of high quality across the whole range of minimal access surgery, of which laparoscopic surgery is one component.

    The physical arrangements for the minimal access surgery training unit at the Royal College of Surgeons of England are now almost complete. We …

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