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    LTFT trainees: electrophysiology’s loss
    • Alexander Carpenter, Specialist Registrar in Cardiology and MRC Research Fellow University Hospitals Bristol
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ashley M Nisbet, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist

    On reading Dobson et al’s enlightening article we were saddened but not surprised to hear that nationally, there were no cardiology LTFT trainees training in electrophysiology (EP). Of course, it remains unclear as the relationship here: do trainees planning LTFT avoid EP, or do EP trainees fear reducing their hours will prove challenging?

    Either way, this represents a great shame for both trainees and subspecialty. For trainees, the fulfilment of electrophysiological problem-solving and skilful intervention should be accessible to all regardless of hours worked. For the subspecialty, a growth in diversity of electrophysiologists as well as flexible working seems very sensible to ensure the continued growth of the subspecialty and its long-term sustainability. Ongoing initiatives by the BCS, BHRS, EHRA and others continue to advocate for a diverse and flexible workforce in EP, and we applaud these efforts.

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