SUPPLY AND DEMAND IN LIVER TRANSPLANTATION SURGERY: IMPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING IN THE UK

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Abstract

At the end of the 1990s there was a perceived crisis in the recruitment of transplant surgeons in the UK.1,2Transplantation surgery is a demanding specialty, requiring a significant proportion of time to be spent in out-of-hours work performing prolonged and technically demanding surgery. Other factors, such as reduced working hours associated with the implementation of the European Working Time Regulations and the changing expectations of new medical graduates, are thought to have contributed to making training in liver transplantation surgery an unattractive option.

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