Consultants spend more time with each patient than in the pastBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.59b (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:59
- Helene Irvine,
- Peter Scott
- Registrar in public health medicine Department of Public Health Medicine, Greater Glasgow Health Board, Glasgow G2 4JT
- Consultant geriatrician Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow G21 3UW
EDITOR,--David Armstrong and Mick Nicoll's analysis of consultants' workload in outpatient clinics fails to address some important issues.1 Clearly, the routinely collected English statistics do suggest a decrease in the number of new and old patients seen per consultant per year. This aspect of the consultants' workload cannot, however, be accurately summarised on the basis of a single performance indicator or considered in isolation from other hospital duties.
More obviously, medical technology has expanded exponentially since 1949. The number of …