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Education still needs to be improved for trainee doctors

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1907
  1. Trevor Pickersgill, Deputy chairperson (education and training),
  2. Mark Porter, Chairperson,
  3. Andrew Hobart, Deputy chairperson (hours of work and medical staffing),
  4. Mamode Nizam, Deputy chairperson (negotiating)
  1. Junior Doctors Committee, BMA, London WC1H 9JP

    EDITOR—Two recent editorials have brought back to the fore the debate about the need for improvements in the training of junior doctors and why temporal fortitude in terms of years spent working in service based posts gaining “experience” is not a surrogate for truly structured training. 1 2

    It was agreed by all signatories to the heads of agreement in 1990 that all basic and most higher specialist training needs could be fulfilled within duty limits of 72 hours as laid down in the new …

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