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Women doctors and their careers: what now?

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:696

The changing UK medical workforce's effect on planning and delivery of services

  1. Selena Gray, professor of public health (,
  2. Ilora Finlay, vice dean,
  3. Carol Black, president
  1. Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Glenside Campus, Bristol BS16 1DD
  2. School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 7XL
  3. Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE

    EDITOR—Allen highlights the changing nature of the medical workforce.1 This has significant implications for workforce planning and service delivery. For example, the wishes of a number of flexible trainees to continue part time working in the early consultant years means that more trainees (and therefore national training numbers) will beneeded to fill consultant posts to deliver the whole time equivalents required. This applies particularly in specialties with a substantial proportion of flexible trainees, such as paediatrics, psychiatry, palliative medicine, general practice, and anaesthetics.

    Many specialties are well suited to sessional or part time work, be it in the operating theatre, outpatient clinic, or …

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