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Career Focus


BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 17 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3b-7092

One of the ways in which the New Deal was to be achieved was by transferring duties from junior doctors to other hospital team members. By all accounts this is happening slowly, but at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford there is encouraging progress: a collaboration with its local training and enterprise council to train hospital technicians under the “modern apprenticeship” scheme. The prime role of the new technicians will be to assist in theatre: tacit acknowledgement, perhaps, that retractor holding is an unnecessary skill for most doctors to acquire.

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