There has been a lot of comment lately about the perceived effect of the EWTD on training of specialists. Particularly from surgeons, there still seems to be considerable support for the conditions endured by doctors of my generation. This is odd. I remember thirty years ago my colleagues being almost unanimous in condemning the onerous hours we worked. Now these same people seem to have changed their minds and seem to wish to impose the same torture on those now in training. They even seem to have convinced many trainees that a return to the bad old days is desirable.
There are one or two things I would point out to todays trainees. The first is this article.
Secondly I would point out that many doctors over the years have struggled hard to consign to history working conditions for doctors that verged on paid slavery. These people endured it and felt that you should not have to. Do not be so willing to throw away what has been achieved for you.
Third, you assume that longer hours will mean better training. From experience we oldies know full well that the extra hours will mostly consist of covering the work.
Todays trainees have no experience of the conditions that they now seem to be clamoring for. Conditions that they have been brainwashed into believing will make them better doctors. I have no doubt that if the clock is turned back it will not take long before they realise they have been had.
Be careful what you wish for. You may get it.
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