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Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital has been stripped of its right to train doctors for medical emergencies in a dispute over skills development. The Australian College of Emergency Medicine confirmed on Wednesday that it canceled the accreditation of the hospital’s training site for pediatric emergency medicine earlier this month. He said the decision was based on concerns including “the inappropriate structure of RCH’s educational programs to serve all registrars and shortcomings regarding learning opportunities.” “ACEM emphasizes that the decision to withdraw accreditation was not related to concerns about the quality of patient care provided to patients and their families,” the body said in a statement. But the hospital stated that it has “different views” from ACEM on how best to develop the skills of its registrars. “Our assessment of interns when they come to RCH is that many require additional knowledge and skills in pediatric emergency medicine. ACEM does not share this view,” said an RCH spokeswoman. “We have agreed to work with ACEM to implement a model where the expectations and standards of both organizations can be met, with patient safety and quality of care as top priority.” The hospital has since reapplied for accreditation, with the application under review. While considered, RCH maintains that the loss of training rights will not diminish the level of care provided to patients. “Withdrawal of accreditation has no impact on patient care or the hospital’s current admission of physician trainees,” she said. Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley joined the RCH and endorsed its clinical training standards. “I remain confident that the training standards at Children’s are the best in the world … and I am confident that those two professional bodies will resolve this professionally,” he said. Australian Associated Press


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