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Transition to the Foundation Programme: does it affect the numbers of patients seen by SHOs?
  1. R Eager,
  2. M Banks
  1. Emergency Department, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 R Eager
 Emergency Department, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK;rob.eager{at}rlbuht.nhs.uk

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We read with interest the article by Kilroy and Southward1 on their experiences of the Foundation Programme. The Mersey Deanery was a pilot site for the Foundation Programme, with the first Foundation Year 2 (FY2) doctors appointed in 2004. Originally our department employed 20 senior house officers (SHOs). In August 2004, half of these became FY2 posts. From August 2004 to July 2005, we maintained a 50:50 split between traditional 6-month posts and 4-month FY2 posts. This gave our department a unique opportunity to study the effect …

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