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NHS aims to expand emergency department workforce to combat pressures

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4754 (Published 12 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4754
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS has unveiled plans to expand the emergency department workforce to tackle current pressures and ensure that the health service meets its “core priority” of improving emergency performance.

The blueprint,1 developed by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, NHS England, NHS Improvement, and Health Education England, commits additional funding to help grow the clinical workforce, reduce attrition in medical training, and improve staff retention in emergency departments around England.

The investment in the existing and trainee clinical workforce will create “safe, sustainable staffing” in emergency departments by boosting numbers at consultant level and in the broader clinical workforce, the plan says.

Emergency medicine is already set to be the fastest growing specialty over …

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