The JCC subcommittee which agreed in 1971 to appoint 32 A&E consultants as a pilot study recommended that ‘no formal higher training programme in accident and emergency medicine be defined as yet but that preliminary consideration be given jointly by the Royal Colleges and other interested bodies to formulating suitable requirements, and that they be assisted in their survey by the supply of any information which becomes available from the operation of the pilot schemes’.1 This reflects the Royal College of Surgeon’s view that no higher training programme be set up unless the pilot scheme revealed a clear demand for the creation of a specialty of emergency medicine and surgery.2 There were registrars in A&E departments but these were considered a service rather than a training grade and registrars were either on a surgical rotation or else were jointly appointed between orthopaedics and A&E.


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  • Henry Guly
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  1. 1.Derriford HospitalPlymouthUK

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