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Press release: Royal College of Physicians responds to GMC’s national training survey

The RCP has responded to the General Medical Council's national training survey.

Dr Michael FitzPatrick, co-chair of the Royal College of Physicians' Trainees Committee said: “Today’s report shows the significant impact of COVID-19 on the medical trainee and trainer workforce. Formal training has clearly been negatively affected by the pandemic, with far fewer training opportunities for the consultants of tomorrow.

“The increased workload experienced by medical trainers is striking and we must ensure that clinical training is not damaged in the long-term by COVID-19. Teaching time for consultants is often the first thing to go when service demands are high but the long-term impact on the training of consultants for the future should not be forgotten.

“In contrast to the negative results, trainees rate the quality of clinical supervision and teamwork highly throughout the pandemic.

“It’s also worth us remembering that the second wave is likely to feel very different to the first as the NHS is working hard to keep non-COVID services open as long as possible. This will mean that redeployment within the NHS should be significantly reduced, but this will place even greater pressure on physicians caring for acutely unwell patients.”