Consultants' workload in outpatient clinics

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.59a (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:59
  1. Andrew P Volans
  1. Senior registrar in accident and emergency medicine Accident and Emergency Department Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

    Not all specialist groups hold outpatient clinics

    EDITOR,--David Armstrong and Mick Nicoll suggest that the number of outpatients seen per hospital doctor and whole time consultant equivalent declined steadily from the inception of the NHS in 1949 until 1991.1 The implication seems to be that there are increasing inefficiencies in the hospital sector and that the present push for more consultants in service may be necessary. A few of the …

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