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Royal College: trainees should have greater say over the training they receive

We are calling on the Government and senior NHS leaders to work with us to take steps to change the workplace culture for doctors of all specialties.

The findings in the report are a clear wake-up call, one which is needed for the sake of both doctors and their patients.

Patient safety is of paramount importance to all anaesthetists. Directly or indirectly, all of the findings in this report have some impact on our ability to consistently meet our patients’ needs.

While we should always applaud the efforts of doctors who go above and beyond what is expected of them to maintain high-quality services, it is neither fair nor sustainable to expect this of doctors in training – especially if it is putting their physical and mental health at risk.

We are calling for anaesthetists to have greater say over the training they receive, opportunities for flexible working, and better facilities for rest and catering.

A place to take a break and a hot meal during and after a long shift should not be considered luxuries for people who are working tirelessly, day and night, to care for sick patients.

This report does not reveal any regret from doctors having chosen to specialise in anaesthesia. It is a specialty which remains highly valued for its clinical challenges, team working and the opportunity to apply basic scientific knowledge at every patient encounter.

Together with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland we are also working to raise the profile of fatigue across the NHS workforce.

We need to listen to our younger colleagues and I hope this report, and our recommendations, will help inform policymakers so we can ensure that the NHS workforce feels valued and cared for so that it remains highly motivated and able to provide the best outcomes for patients.

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