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Clinical academics welcome independent inquiryGPs' leader writes to MPs on partnership campaignHealth authorities told to reverse cuts in NHSGMC given more powers to restrict a doctor's practiceIntensive care beds may go on a databaseGuarantee given for trusts' debtsStudents re-examine advice on electives

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:643
  1. Linda Beecham

    Clinical academics welcome independent inquiry

    Clinical academic staff have welcomed the decision of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals (CVCP) to set up an independent inquiry into the disincentives to a clinical academic career. The BMA's Medical Academic Staff Committee has offered to give evidence to the committee of inquiry, which will be chaired by Sir Rex Richards, former vice chancellor of Oxford University.

    The CVCP envisages the committee investigating the problems of recruitment and retention of clinical academic staff, taking account of the changes in the NHS and in workload, in the training programmes for future specialists, in university and NHS funding systems, and the effects of European Union directives.

    According to the CVCP's medical committee there were over 50 vacant established clinical chairs in universities and medical schools in 1995; 20 had been vacant for more than 12 months. Universities are also worried about the loss of posts at clinical lecturer level.

    Sir Rex Richards has agreed to speak at the BMA's conference of medical academic representatives on 3 June.

    GPs' leader writes to MPs on partnership campaign

    The chairman of the General Medical Services Committee has written to members of parliament to emphasise the importance of the patient education campaign, which was launched last week (2 March, p 531), and to seek their support. Dr Ian Bogle points out that some people see a need to consult their general practitioner for every problem and that inappropriate use of doctors' time can prevent them treating patients when …

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