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10 November 2016

AoME response to the GMC report 'The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2016'

The Academy of Medical Educators has read with interest the report from the General Medical Council, ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2016’, and has responded with the following comments:

The General Medical Council’s report comes at a time when the health sector has been through a period of prolonged uncertainty and when junior doctors have been expressing concern and dissatisfaction with their working conditions. The report concludes that education and training are being adversely affected by service pressures.

 Junior doctors and medical students are vital to the future of healthcare in the UK and their wellbeing and morale are fundamental to ensuring safe and effective patient care. 

The important role medical educators play in ensuring that junior doctors and medical students are optimally prepared for safe, effective and compassionate practice cannot be overestimated: but they need support, training and recognition for this valuable work.  Doctors need time both to teach and to learn, and when the NHS is under pressure, this is the very time to prioritise education as essential to ensuring that patients receive the best quality care both now and in the future.

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