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Workload and poor supervision threaten emergency medicine

High workloads and inconsistent supervision are putting off doctors from training in emergency medicine – according to a review by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The findings come from GMC checks on the training of doctors at six emergency medicine departments in England and one in Jersey over a two-month period.

Concerns ranged from a lack of supervision of doctors in training at night to inadequate staffing levels. The report identifies a number of ways in which NHS trusts may be able to improve the quality of education and training in emergency medicine.