Proposals to shorten in-job training for qualified doctors in the UK could seriously compromise patient care and safety, leading doctors have warned.
They say there is a lack of evidence for the plans, which could see the time it takes to reach consultant level cut by two years.
They have called on the government to “pause” the training review.
Currently doctors spend the first two years after graduation rotating between about half a dozen different areas of medicine, such as obstetrics or A&E.
Many then specialise and stay within that area until they reach consultant level. Depending on which area they choose to focus on, that can take between eight to 10 years.
In a bid to promote general medical skills, one proposal is to shorten consultant training to between six and eight years. Another is to allow doctors to be fully registered to practise when they left medical school, rather than waiting a year as they do now.
But leading doctors are worried these changes could mean they will be allowed to practise fully autonomously before they have gained all the skills they need.
Read more at BBC Health.