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Winter pressure leaves surgeons short of training opportunities

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 18 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j281
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

Surgeons are missing vital training opportunities because of the current winter crisis in the NHS, trainees have said.

Adam Williams, president of the Association of Surgeons in Training, told BMJ Careers that pressures on the NHS meant that opportunities to train were limited and trainees were often called out of operating theatres to assist on the wards.

“Ultimately, the emphasis has shifted from combining training with high quality service delivery, to maintaining basic service delivery at all costs. Patients are suffering, and …

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