“Subconsultant” posts are increasing dramatically

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6977.470a (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:470
  1. P E Robin
  1. Regional manpower executive City Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham B18 7QH

    EDITOR,—The declared intent of both the government and the medical profession is the expansion of the consultant grade1 2 3; Plan for Action proposed the mechanisms for this.2 The staff grade was a response to the need for a non-consultant or subconsultant career grade. Concern that this grade might develop was evident in the joint agreement that the number in the staff grade should not exceed 10% of the number of consultants. The table shows that the annual increase in consultant posts was …

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