The way we work now

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:g

The way that doctors work has always been a festering sore, niggling away at the smooth running of the NHS. This week's issue contains more evidence of the problems—but also some suggestions for solutions.

Firstly, the news section dissects the latest findings from an Audit Commission report on medical staffing (p ARTICLE458). These findings come from the third survey done by the commission over the past few years, and they paint a muddled picture.

A dramatic and unplanned increase has occurred in the number of non-consultant career grades—an essentially unplanned part of the workforce that loses out on training and …

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