RCSEd warns lack of care for young medics is tip of theiceberg

Responding to the publication of a series of accounts that details the lack of care and regard the NHS has for young medics, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) president, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, has warned that the case studies are symptomatic of a much wider problem.

The dossier was compiled by Dr Joanna

Poole, an anaesthetic registrar, who collated accounts from trainees from across the UK. Prof Griffin said: “We know that hospitals rely on trainees to deliver essential services but that increasing demand is taking its toll on recruitment and retention.

“Indeed, not only are there some 100,000

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transformation March 2019 saw the end of CR Radiography at Leicester General Hospital’s (LGH) radiology department with the installation of two state-of-the-art DR Mobiles and the last of three fully automated X-ray rooms. Supported by Althea, LGH’s team reviewed all available systems on the market and decided on the Samsung GM85 units.

Through the vendor-independent managed service with Althea, the hospital has selected three Samsung GC85 fully automated rooms, and two Samsung GM85 mobiles. All of this digital equipment reduces physical stress on users, improves patient throughput and delivers images of superb quality. The GC85 is a fully-automated, digital suite designed to reduce physical stress on users, increase patient throughput and deliver superb quality images. The new equipment features a 3-step workflow which takes the user easily through worklist, acquisition and image review. Going forward, LGH will be able to share the lightweight detectors across the department’s Samsung equipment – fixed and mobile. The detectors offer a high DQE, so low dose, but still maintain the ability to deliver the highest quality images. Andy Mear, plain film superintendent,

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vacant posts in the NHS in England, but we are seeing both a reduction in the numbers choosing medicine and healthcare as a career, and an increase in those leaving the professions altogether. “Dr Poole’s examples clearly show the impacts that service pressures, rota gaps, staff shortages and inflexible management are having on individual trainees. “But we also know that personal and institutional behaviours are often prejudicial to teamworking and mutual support. “Therefore, we need to look at every aspect of the working environment in order to create an NHS that encourages and nurtures all of its talents. This must start with a commitment to

listen to act on the concerns expressed not just by trainees but all staff and put in place guaranteed time for training and caring, parity of esteem and a better work life balance. “Royal Colleges have a vital role to play, and RCSEd is actively seeking to eradicate undermining and bullying as well as lobbying for important practical improvements to be made to the working environment. “The examples highlighted by Dr Poole show the size of the challenge ahead and the need for policy makers and NHS bodies to urgently prioritise the professional and personal needs of all trainees and staff.” RCSEd bullying and undermining resources can be found at

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