Letter: Anatomy lessons

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The Independent Online
Sir: As a medical student and aspiring surgeon, I followed Channel 4's Anatomy for Beginners programme with interest. If only UK medical students could be taught as comprehensively. Unfortunately, anatomy is no longer considered an essential skill by the politically driven medical educators of today, and students at my medical school now receive only 40 hours of practical teaching compared to 520 in the 1980s. As the government struggles to increase the number of doctors, is it really safe that the surgeons of the future will graduate knowing little more about the fundamentals of the human body than an interested television viewer?