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Are trust doctors the new lost tribe?

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7362.491 (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:491

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. Nicola Cooper (nacooper@doctors.org.uk), specialist registrar, general internal medicine and care of the elderly, Yorkshire.,
  2. Bill Burr, Bill Burr, postgraduate dean.
  1. Leeds LS7 4AY
  2. Department of Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT

    EDITOR—The number of trust doctors (doctors in non-training grades) in the United Kingdom is rising as trusts try to meet both service and hours requirements and are unable to employ more doctors in training. The Department of Health has no code for trust doctors so its annual census cannot show how many there are.

    We surveyed the human resource departments in each acute trust in Yorkshire by postal questionnaire; nine out of 10 replied. We found that the number of trust doctor posts has increased at …

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