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Hunt acknowledges need to make emergency medicine and general practice more attractive

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4332 (Published 03 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4332
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government plans to make emergency medicine and general practice more attractive to doctors, MPs have been told, as a way to tackle shortages in both specialties in England.

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, appearing before the parliamentary health select committee on 2 July for its inquiry into implementation of the Health and Social Care Act, said that these parts of the workforce needed to be boosted and made more attractive to new doctors.

MPs asked about a claim made by the College of Emergency Medicine that only 17% of emergency departments provided consultant cover for 16 hours each day on Mondays to Fridays and that 50% of trainee vacancies in this specialty were unfilled. …

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