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HCSA News: Emergency Medicine Trainees’ Association conference

The HCSA linked up with the Emergency Medicine Trainees’ Association (Emta) in November for a day-long annual conference where more than 100 clinicians were briefed on the latest medical training and could access professional advice.

HCSA general secretary Eddie Saville joined a panel discussion dominated by the latest on the contract talks but was also able to give an update on pensions (see above).

He reported that changes to the contributions made by consultants – now 14.5 per cent – had risen so much that people were beginning to ask questions. The misplaced wider agenda, he added, appeared to be to see public-sector pensions reduced to the level of the private sector.

Policy-makers were “sleepwalking into a disaster,” he warned.

A steady flow of delegates made their way to the HCSA team to ensure a successful event for all concerned, prompting an invite to this year’s event which was readily accepted.

Read more: How the Royal College of Emergency Medicine is trying to shift the focus in our A&Es