Mystery of “7000 extra doctors” explained

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:300
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The 7000 “extra” doctors pledged for the NHS, will not be new doctors, it has been revealed. Rather, they will be derived from the current annual 2.3% expansion in the medical workforce, better recruitment and return measures, and a quota from overseas, over the next three years.

    The figures, which also included 15000 additional nurses, were announced last month as part of the government's comprehensive spending review, which amounts to £21bn ($34bn) for the NHS spread over three years …

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