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NHS needs more consultant surgeons to cope with demand

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1141
  1. Claire Frauenfelder
  1. 1BMJ

At least 50% more consultant surgeon jobs are needed in England and Wales by 2010 to provide safe emergency surgical services, says Bernie Ribeiro, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons.

The UK government's target for a consultant based service, which was set in 2005, calls for an extra 2700 consultant jobs, but this is at odds with the current freeze on recruitment, explained Mr Ribeiro, presenting his end of year report.

“Currently consultant jobs simply aren't there, so the UK is running the risk of losing expert surgeons to other countries after training them at great expense,” he said.

Loss of experienced practitioners was a …

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