Rethinking consultants

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7001.392b (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:392
  1. K E F Hobbs
  1. Professor of surgery University Department of Surgery, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2QG

    EDITOR,--A spate of recent publications1 2 3 4 and the Rethinking Consultants series in the BMJ,5 propose timely challenging suggestions for postgraduate clinical career progress and subsequent practice. Although the general philosophies are exciting, large problems are identified but left largely unsolved.

    I believe that both the inadequacy of consultant members and the gap at the end of specialist training can be overcome in one step by replacing the emotive but anachronous term consultant with specialist.

    Each newly certificated possessor of the “certificate of completion of specialist training” would be appointed immediately as a …

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