A&E volunteer students 'will work within capabilities'

From BBC - January 15, 2018

Medical students who volunteer to relieve winter pressure on A&Es will not work beyond their capabilities, say health bosses.

The British Medical Association said it was "extremely worrying" two medical schools had urged students to help meet extra demand, the Guardian reported.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust said students would give support not clinical interventions.

It should benefit Keele Medical School students and patients, it said.

Dr John Oxtoby, UHNM medical director, said: "This type of volunteering provides students with a real insight into the work that we do and the realities of life within busy acute trusts."

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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which also works with Keele Medical School, said students could contribute to the care of patients which was "helpful for all".

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