Royal College Of Surgeons Critical Of Consultant Appointments

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), the body responsible for setting professional standards for surgeons, has criticised the appointment of some consultants.

Consultant is the highest grade of doctor and consultant appointments are made by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB).  However, the RCS makes an assessment and recommendation in respect of each applicant.  Among the criticisms are that the PMTEB are sometimes using assessors from specialisms that are different from that of the position to be filled and that candidates who the RCS have assessed as insufficiently qualified are being appointed as consultants by the PMETB.

Bernard Ribeiro, the President of the RCS, described the situation as an issue for public safety.  He told BBC Radio 4’s Analysis that the RCS is aware of consultants who the RCS believes are not ready for consultant practice.

This story follows well publicised criticism of changes to the recruitment of junior doctors and adds to the growing concern within the medical profession as to the adequacy of training of doctors.

Posted 24th April 2008 | Posted in News,Uncategorised