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Leaked report exposes mismatch in NHS staffing levels

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39090.709803.4E (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:61
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1London

    Huge disparities between projected numbers of NHS staff and the levels of personnel the health service actually needs—or can afford—have been shown in a government report leaked to the Health Service Journal.

    The draft NHS pay and workforce strategy for 2008-11 predicts a shortfall of 14 000 nurses and 1200 GPs but a surplus of 3200 consultants by 2010.

    As a partial solution the report suggests that a lower paid “sub-consultant” grade be created for doctors who have newly acquired their certificate of specialist training, but the suggestion has prompted an angry …

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