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HRH The Princess Royal underlines the need for more doctors during speech at the Emergency Medicine Trainee Association (EMTA) Conference

Thursday 29 February 2024

Patron of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), HRH The Princess Royal has today (28 February 2024) paid tribute to those working in Emergency Medicine and acknowledged the unprecedented pressures they face.

Addressing an audience of more than 80, mainly post-graduate doctors in training specialising in EM, Her Royal Highness spoke of the unique issues and concerns of the profession.

Her Royal Highness said: “These last few years have been hugely challenging for a whole range of reasons as you well know. Sometimes this gives you the opportunity to learn more but your contributions have been even greater – it has also underlined the fact that there needs to be more of you.”

Crediting the work of the College, Her Royal Highness said: “I have been Patron since 2008 and it has been fascinating to watch the growth of the College during this time and the impact it has had.”

With membership numbers now at more than 12,000, Her Royal Highness spoke of the importance of a ‘two-way process’, encouraging members to share experiences and input to the work of the College so that it can continue to be a clear voice for those working in the specialty.

Touching on the event’s ‘varied programme that covers everything’, Her Royal Highness highlighted sessions including mental health, wellbeing, and opportunities for practical workshops – all going some way to support a profession under pressure.

The Princess Royal was speaking on the second day of the EMTA conference which was held at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

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