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The state of recruitment in emergency medicine

The GMC has launched its third annual State of Medical Education and Practice report this week.

It provides a picture of the medical profession in the UK, looks at major trends and identifies some of the challenges facing doctors.

One of the headline findings is the difficulty certain specialties are facing in recruiting doctors. It is more difficult to attract doctors to psychiatry, general practice and emergency medicine, it says.

The College of Emergency Medicine welcomes the GMC report and acknowledges that it identifies important issues relating to the medical workforce in A&E departments.

Here is the college’s response:

“Very real challenges remain in attracting and retaining trainees in Emergency Medicine and we are pleased to note that the GMC is joining our call for action here.

“We agree that this is not an issue that will be solved by one organisation alone but that working together on ways to enhance the attractiveness of a career in Emergency Medicine is an important part of the answer. The college is actively working with Health Education England, the GMC and others to help resolve these problems.

“The solutions currently being developed include:

“Developing pathways into Emergency Medicine training for doctors who have already completed some training in another speciality.

“Allowing Emergency Medicine training programmes the flexibility to deliver the elements of core training in any order to meet the needs of trainees.

“Working with other professional groups include nurses, paramedics and physician assistants to diversify the Emergency Department workforce.”

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