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COVID-19 and endoscopy training
  1. Wisam Jafar
  1. Gastroenterology, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport SK2 7JE, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wisam Jafar, Gastroenterology, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport SK2 7JE, UK; wisam.jafar{at}

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and Joint Advisory Group (JAG) swiftly recommended suspension of all non-essential endoscopic activity with a view to protecting patients and staff.1 This included a restriction on the number of individuals working in procedure rooms which included trainees.1 The suspension of training was considered to be justified by several concerns. These concerns included limiting the spread of COVID-19, being mindful of the supply of endoscopic consumables (including personal protective equipment (PPE)) and the need to redeploy trainees to other areas within the hospital during the peak of the crisis. As we approach the fourth month, where very little or no endoscopy training has taken place, there is growing concern over satisfactory progress …

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