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Of course it'd be nice to have an on-tap consultant at all hours of
the night, but the Royal College of Physicians is missing the point.
Before they, trendy Deans and the other Royal colleges pathetically
acquiesced to the damaging medical training changes, starting with Calman,
which have all but destroyed British post-graduate medical education,
there were trainees called 'senior registrars' (remember them?!!)who were
highly experienced and available all night. They were honing their
education ready for consultancy and provided the advice & back-up that
more junior trainees needed. Now, with vast rotations, huge &
unpredictable variability in skill levels, there is no 'anchor-point'
short of consultants to provide this back-up. But my goodness, it'll be