Planning the United Kingdom's medical workforce

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7163.951a (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:951
  1. A Pickersgill, Chairman, Trainees Committee
  1. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London NW1 4RG

    EDITOR—Planning the medical workforce has recently been the subject of headline news in both the medical and the lay press.13 The third report of the Medical Workforce Standing Advisory Committee recommended increasing the intake of medical schools by about 1000 students a year.4 The health secretary, Frank Dobson, confirmed plans to phase this increase to help create the “extra” 7000 doctors necessary to staff the NHS. I hope that these extra doctors are not solely juniors, …

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