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Is distribution of vacancies for hospital jobs a reflection of new NHS?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:453
  1. A D Jenkinson, specialist registrar (,
  2. C Ingham Clark, consultant surgeon
  1. 235 Baker Street, London NW1 6XE
  2. Department of Surgery, Whittington Hospital, London N19 5NF

    EDITOR—The NHS is undergoing unprecedented changes. Hospital trusts are being asked to supply continued quality care while restructuring and modernisation continue apace. In addition, doctors' hours have been cut and the number of specialist registrar training posts recommended by the Surgical Workforce Advisory Group is falling in several acute specialties. To maintain service commitments to the community how are trusts coping?

    We audited the employment practice of NHS trusts by counting the number and type of jobs available in six front line specialties. We recorded all job vacancies, from consultant to any level above senior house officer, …

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