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Project has been set up to explore ways of preventing wastage of doctors

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7055.491b (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:491
  1. Jane Harvey,
  2. Stephanie Seeley,
  3. Hilary Bichovsky,
  4. Jo Winsland
  1. Community medical officer in family planning North Mersey Community Health Care Trust, Liverpool L13 4AW
  2. Senior house officer in public health
  3. Research assistant North Western Regional Health Authority, Manchester M60 7LP
  4. Senior house officer in general medicine, diabetes, and endocrinology Christie Hospital, Manchester M20 9BX

    EDITOR,—The Medical Careers Research Group has reported the severe wastage of doctors from the NHS.1 The best estimate of 16% for doctors not working in medicine in Britain, plus the 4.6% of doctors working only outside the NHS, gives a total of one in five doctors lost to the NHS at any time. In addition, the rate of drop out of medical students was increased in 1994, at 15%.2 This means that the effective output for the NHS is about a third less than …

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