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No time to train the surgeons:Golden age of surgical training didn't exist

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7448.1133-c (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1133
  1. David T Reilly, consultant general surgeon (davidreilly@tiscali.co.uk)
  1. Wirral Hospital NHS Trust, Merseyside CH49 5PE

    EDITOR—Four points strike me on reading the editorial by Chikwe et al and the responses on bmj.com.1 2

    Firstly, there was no golden age of surgical training. We spent more time as “junior doctors.” Some staggeringly bad surgeons were appointed under the old system, as well as highly experienced and …

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