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Medical Training In The NHS Is Too Reliant On Doctors’ Goodwill, GMC Warns

Recent survey by the General Medical Council (GMC) has found that around a third of trainers are unable to fulfil their role of delivering training to junior doctors.

In GMC’s “Training Environments 2017 “report, it claims that job plans do not allow senior doctors to fit in their responsibilities to deliver training to junior doctors. In its annual survey of more than 75,000 doctors, almost half told the GMC that in order to meet their responsibilities senior doctors work beyond their rostered hours each week.

Trainees also reported that they did not always have time for training due to heavy workloads, although almost 60 per cent of those surveyed did feel encouraged to take study leave.

According to the GMC, Trainee medics at NHS hospitals have to "fend for themselves" in emergency and other units.

The chief executive of GMC, Charlie Massey said that the Trainee doctors are being asked to treat patients and make decisions beyond their abilities, creating "very clear risks to patients from doctors who may not know what they're doing.

Massey warned that more must be done to value and support trainers, who are “the backbone of medical education.”

He further added that employers must ensure that trainers have the resources and the time required for them to meet their educational responsibilities, with job plans that enable them to do so.

Responding to the survey findings, the chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer acknowledged the need for further culture change the ensure safe working conditions.

Danny Mortimer claimed that since the new junior doctor contract was implemented, over 6,000 rotas have been redesigned to make them safe.

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