Should the training of becoming a doctor/nurse be shortened?

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If the training was shortened then would it be full time training or less training or should we keep it the same.

Comments (12)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
    03 Mar 2020

    Although this post is very short, the question is a good discussion starter! I look forward to reading what other people have to say.

  • Kavanagh_Madeleine_Publication.jpg EXPERT: Madeleine Kavanagh, Internal Communications Manager @ Clifford Chance
    03 Mar 2020

    I wonder whether medical training today recognises the wealth of know-how now available to us? Could we get the same expertise by allowing nurses and doctors to access smart intelligence rather than having to know it all themselves perhaps?

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    03 Mar 2020

    Thank you for asking this question as it is a very good discussion starter. These are my ideas so you may not think the same.
    Personally, I think if we shorten the amount of time doctors/nurses are trained, the quality of the NHS will go downhill. I think this because getting trained to be a doctor can take up to 10 - 14 years ( according to ), so all of that time must be spent doing very vital learning. As we all know, the NHS and many other hospitals help us in all ways possible. This can include helping our mind, our body, or even our teeth - dentists are part of the NHS too! If we shorten that time, some of the things they would have already learned in the original time could be lost. Even if a small act is lost, like acting kind and happy all the time, it could make patients feel uncomfortable.
    On the other hand, if very good people are put into shorter time periods to learn how to become a doctor/nurse, they could possibly learn all of their tasks, and more nurses and doctors could be hired every year.
    However, I think that we should not shorten the time, because it could cause less qualified doctors and effect the patients.
    Thank you for reading this,

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 04 Mar 2020

      I think it's important to remember that comfort of patients is important, as you said. If shortening the time for training is not the answer, how should the UK recruit more doctors and nurses?

  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg persistent_effort | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    03 Mar 2020

    But why would it be shortened ? The doctors need to know as many things as soon as possible.

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg modest_donkey | John Ray Junior School
    04 Mar 2020

    I think that the training of doctors and nurses shouldn't be shortened as they wouldn't be able to complete their job to the best of their ability. It could also be fatal as a patient could potentially die.
    The training of doctors and nurses shouldn't be shortened because if all of the information is squeezed into a shorter space of time, the trainees wouldn't be able to take in all of it.
    So, in conclusion, I believe that the training of doctors and nurses should definitely not be shortened.

  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School | United Kingdom
    05 Mar 2020

    In my opinion if a nurses or doctors training becomes short they may not be able to learn everything as they have learnt at this moment. The doctors of this country have to learn the most they can to help these types of viruses and flus, there are specialists in every type of disease which could help doctors if they are struggling on something.

    This is why I think that the NHS training should not be shortened.

  • Alice.jpg EXPERT: Alice @ Clifford Chance
    05 Mar 2020

    Could there be benefits in reducing the training times of medical staff?

  • Hammond School logo hilarious_fruit | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    I don't think that the training of becoming a doctor or nurse should be changed.

  • Hammond School logo precious_desert | Hammond Junior School B
    10 Mar 2020

    Well I think that it should be shortened because then the NHS will have more doctors or nurses to treat people. However if it is shortened then the doctor or nurse won't have enough experience to be one so it's kind of in the middle of the two arguments.
    In conclusion I think it shouldn't be shortened so they have enough experience to be a doctor or nurse.

  • Hammond School logo chatty_leopard | Hammond Junior School B
    10 Mar 2020

    Firstly, I believe that yes and no, because we may need all the help we can get with coranovirus right now so maybe we could shorten the training.

    I believe yes because, maybe we need we need double the amount if doctors and nurses now and we need it now more than ever because this coronavirus can spread to 1 million maybe in the next couple months. Although we could let them train to a point and then when the caronavirus is over they continue with their and maybe come back to be amazing.

    I think no because, if we let them go early they would not be able to know everything about what is going on and they may make things worse or make many mistakes and end up chatching this virus themselves.

    Therefore, I think yes and no to 'Should the training of doctors/nurses be shortened'.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School | United Kingdom
    09 Jun 2020

    No because if we trained them less then obviously we will have more nurses and doctors, as it will take quicker, but they will not be as good as we had before. However, if we train them the same way we usually do, it will take longer to get as much nurses and doctors when we train them quicker, but they will be good quality. So I am trying to explain but I’m not sure if it makes sense, but my answer is that we shouldn’t shorten the training of nurses and doctors. If we are really desperate, that is another thing as if we have good quality doctors then, when we are desperate for more, we have them which is better than having less trained people. For example if we had 40 properly trained people and 80 less trained people, I would prefer 40 as they have learnt more than 80 people. I hope this makes sense.

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