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Numbers of acute and stroke consultants rise while other specialties suffer

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5046 (Published 25 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5046
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The number of consultants working in acute medicine in the United Kingdom has risen by almost a quarter in a year, but numbers in other specialties have fallen, new figures show.

    The latest census of consultant physicians in the UK, published on 25 November, shows that the number in the specialty of acute and general medicine rose to 259, a 23% increase on the previous year’s figure, at a time when the availability of junior doctors has dropped.

    The rise reflects the increasing importance of the role of consultant physicians in medical admissions, says the report, published by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of …

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