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Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine
  1. C Laird
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Colville Laird
 BASICS Education Scotland, Sandpiper House, Aberuthven Enterprise Park, Main Road, ABERUTHVEN, Perthshire PH3 1EL;

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A new subspeciality of prehospital and retrieval medicine is proposed – the dialogue should start

In the Prehospital Care section of this edition of the Journal McKenzie & Bevan propose the formation of a subspecialty of prehospital and retrieval medicine. They argue that the standards and varying provision of prehospital medical care compare poorly with the more uniform consultant led Accident & Emergency services and suggest that the new GP contract, development of GP’s with special interests, licensing and re-validation and the reform of postgraduate medical education all make this the appropriate time to form a new subspeciality.

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