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NHS employs too many hospital doctors, minister says

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39042.572569.DB (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1086
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The NHS is employing far more hospital doctors than it should be, the health secretary for England, Patricia Hewitt, has told the parliamentary select committee on health.

    Staffing levels were above what had been proposed in the NHS workforce plans, she said at a hearing this week on deficits in the NHS.

    The Department of Health had estimated that the number of hospital doctors employed by 2007 in England should be 74 590.

    “Already the NHS has employed more hospital doctors than it was intended to by 2007,” she said.

    “In fact, by 2004 the NHS employed 78 000 hospital doctors, and by 2005 [the number] had risen to 82 000.”

    The NHS had spent more of its money for growth on extra staffing than had been planned and had taken on “significantly more” hospital doctors and nurses and “somewhat more” GPs than …

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