General Practice

Commentary: there is urgent need to raise recruitment–even to stand still

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7097.1810 (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1810
  1. James Parkhouse, Retired professor of postgraduate medical educationa
  1. a Oxford OX2 9JA

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    Taylor and Leese's paper is based on figures from the census maintained jointly by the Department of Health and the BMA. We deserve data as good as the authors' analysis and discussion of them. General practice tables seem to be a good deal more reliable than recent hospital staff tables, but plenty of problems remain. Movements in and out of general practice have not been published in the 1990s, and Taylor and Leese do not distinguish between admissions and readmissions. Nevertheless, it is important for planning to know how many doctors come to and leave general practice from and to other jobs in the NHS, rather than …

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