Consultants may be seeing many new patients since 1991

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6996.60c (Published 01 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:60
  1. C B Koay,
  2. C A Milford
  1. Registrar in otolaryngology Consultant in otolaryngology Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR,--David Armstrong and Mick Nicoll show that the average number of new patients seen by a consultant has declined steadily from 1680 in 1949 to 618 in 1991.1 They conclude that the “inefficiencies” in the health service are due mainly to the declining productivity in the hospital sector rather than in general practice and even suggest that consultants might have attempted to divert attention away from their declining workload in outpatient clinics …

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