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Commentary from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  1. B Steggles,
  2. K Porter,
  3. R Fairhurst

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    The consultation paper by Drs Mackenzie and Bevan is timely, and complements the preliminary work already undertaken by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to establish immediate medical care as a recognised medical specialty.

    This is a complex procedure, and will require the co-operation and support of the relevant stakeholders, academic bodies, and politicians to gain inclusion into the European Specialties Medical Order.

    It is anticipated that passing the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care will be the main criteria for entry into what will be up to a 4 year training programme, with the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care being equivalent to the exit examination in other specialties.

    We are also in discussion with “Skills for Health” and other relevant agencies to determine expected competencies in the pre-hospital arena, and the work by MacKenzie and Bevan supports this initiative.

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