Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3-7205

Doctors move around more than most as they develop their careers, and one material factor in the choice of job location is the likely quality of life in the new area. Nosing in estate agents' windows on the way to the interview will get you so far, but a new website can add data to your qualitative approach. At you can enter a postcode and compare property prices, school results, crime clear-up rates, and even the response times of the ambulance service in the area you are considering moving to. The variations are striking: there is, for example, a 25-fold difference between the price of a detached house in Wimbledon and Northumbria, much more than any variation in NHS pay.

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