Dear Sir,

I would like to write in support of Susan Bewley's leading article [Br J Obstet Gynaecol (1991) 98, 237–239]. It expresses a lot of what is currently wrong with training in the majority of hospital-based careers in medicine. Her proposal of a defined training period (although I think four years as she suggests is too short) must surely be the way forward. I suspect that as soon as one of the Colleges (whatever the speciality) has the foresight to implement such a training scheme, the others will be pressed to follow suite. The RCOG, which should be at the forefront of any proposal to encourage women to stay in a hospital-based career, ought to take steps to examine how such a scheme could be brought into being at the earliest opportunity.