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NHS faces critical shortfall in number of consultant surgeons

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1388
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The NHS is facing a critical shortfall in its surgical workforce, a report issued by the Royal College of Surgeons of England has warned, saying that the government will be unable to deliver on its quality initiatives, such as the national cancer plan.

    Unless urgent action is taken, the report warned, England will be short of almost 1500 surgeons across all nine surgical specialties by 2009; the number required for 2002 is already 100 more than the expected quota of UK trainees.

    “The ever increasing non-clinical and clinical workload make these predictions conservative,” said Mr …

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