I would like to express my dismay at the recent comments made by Professor Jahangiri, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St George’s Hospital, London. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, she described a “generation of surgeons who lack technical skills and operate within a 'clocking off' culture where they do not feel personal responsibility for their patient.”1
I am just starting neurosurgical training and find these comments rather undermining. It is true that a lot of FY2 level SHOs are placed on surgical wards as part of their rotation and have no desire or interest in surgery. However, those at the top should foster a supportive and dynamic environment, such that trainees are encouraged to perform above and beyond their expectations.
Unfortunately, I fear EWTD or it’s future offspring is here to stay and it is up to those in authority to ensure that systems are changed such that standards do not fall short of excellent.
Dr Christopher Palmer
St George’s Hospital