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Letters Decline of life support training for medical trainees

Life support training for medical trainees is essential

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 06 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2830
  1. Benjamin Stretch, anaesthetics specialty trainee year 51,
  2. Agnieszka Jakubowska, specialty trainee year 4 in metabolic medicine2,
  3. Allan Xu, acute care common stem anaesthetics1
  1. 1Anaesthetic department, Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Lister Hospital, Stevenage, UK
  1. benjamin.stretch{at}

We read with great dismay about the decline of life support training for doctors.1 Advanced life support training gives doctors the key skills for managing patients who are deteriorating and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. These skills are core lifesaving interventions that need to be in the repertoire of all doctors who might need to use them. Advanced life support courses provide the opportunity to “get the basics” right …

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