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I am very sorry that an error was introduced by us in the second paragraph of this letter during the editing process, which does not entail sending proofs to authors.
A statement from ASiT follows:
ASiT would like to make it clear that our letter relating to the Nuffield Trust emergency general surgery (EGS) report has been mis-edited by the BMJ. Our letter stated that data reported relating to trainee attainment of Joint Committee of Surgical Training (JCST) targets was misleading in the EGS report. The report fails to declare that trainees declaring ‘general surgery’ as a special interest related to only two of 155 trainees studied. The remaining 153 trainees declared a general surgery special interest e.g. colorectal surgery.