Medical staffing in general hospitals

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6969.1662d (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1662
  1. Rajan Madhok
  1. Director of public health, South of Tyne Health Commission, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 3BN.

    EDITOR,—I support E R Williams and colleagues' proposal for a core unit in hospitals1—a model similar to the facilitating unit2—but believe that this alone will not be sufficient in the future. Other innovations need consideration in addition.

    Firstly, the respective roles of general practitioners and hospital specialists must be clarified. The NHS is unique in having a primary care infrastructure, but we do not seem to utilise its …

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