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BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:S3-7081

The Department of Health will spend an extra £4.5 m in 1997-8 specifically on training more consultants. The announcement by the health minster Gerald Malone follows the Specialist Workforce Advisory Group's recommendation to create 250 new trainee consultant posts. The trainees will be doctors and dentists primarily in the specialist registrar grade.

Gerald Malone said: “I am aware of the difficulties in recruiting to consultant posts in certain specialities, and because of this priority will be given to those where the need is greatest.” Postgraduate deans and trusts can bid for funds and training posts in the areas they choose.

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