BriefingBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7086.3b (Published 05 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3b-7086
A generation ago 100 newly qualified principals would have been expected to contribute more than 3330 years of service to the NHS; now, the increased number of woman registrars, who are more likely to work part time, increased rates of emigration, and non-UK EU graduates returning to their country of origin mean that 100 of today's registrars are likely to contribute only 2224 years of service. The implications are clear: 150 registrars are needed to fill 100 whole time equivalent service posts of retiring general practitioners. Unfortunately, registrar numbers are down 20%. The Primary Care Workforce — a descriptive analysis. London: RCGP,1996.