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The “greener grass” of a consultant post looks like a tired lawn

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1556 (Published 11 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1556
  1. Clifford Mann, consultant in emergency medicine
  1. Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, UK
  1. clifford.mann{at}nhs.net
    Follow Clifford on Twitter @DrCJM

Consultants’ workloads have increased in recent years which challenges the “offer” implicitly advertised to doctors in training

The current state of UK medical careers is a cause of great concern. The car crash of events that surrounded the introduction of a new contract for junior doctors in 2016 has left all parties weary, damaged, and tribal.

Medicine has always been a fulfilling career, with rewards offered by few others. It is an attractive option for many young people, with the number of applications to study medicine higher than for almost any other career.

After qualifying, the challenges facing trainees are considerable. An educational landscape that has become increasingly burdensome, coupled with immense work pressures, has resulted in more doctors choosing not to progress beyond their foundation years or leaving the profession before completion of higher specialist …

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