Orthopaedic consultants warn of future shortages

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:419

Britain's orthopaedic service could be “severely curtailed” as a result of the proposed cuts in junior doctors' hours, says the British Orthopaedic Association. The association's report on consultant staffing requirements echoes the concerns of consultants in many other specialties.

Orthopaedic care in the NHS currently depends heavily on trainee surgeons, says the report; junior doctors carry out half the work. “With the proposed reduction in the length of surgical training and of junior doctors' hours, and the emphasis on more …

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