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Health of the nhs workforce to be reviewedOut of hours fund disappoints gps'leadersDoctors advised on advertisingGps' staff can continue to hand over medicinesTrust board members must back nhs

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1314

A partnership has been set up to review the health of the NHS workforce. The main objectives are to assess available evidence on morbidity among all grades of NHS staff;to estimate the cost of avoidable work related sickness; and to make recommendations for future action.

Under the auspices of the Nuffield Trust the partnership includes representatives of the Department of Health, the BMA, the NHS Confederation, the British Association of Medical Managers, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the General Medical Council, the Institute of Health Services Managers, the National Counselling Service for Sick Doctors, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and UNISON.

The project team, which expects to report in March 1998, is led by Dr Siân Williams, a locum consultant in occupational medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Out of hours fund disappoints gps'leaders

GPs' leaders are disappointed that the out of hours development fund will not be increased in the 1998–9 financial year. They have told the Department of Health that it is unsatisfactory to provide an …

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