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Growth in number of UK consultant physicians is lowest in 15 years

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 20 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:583
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

The number of consultant physicians in the United Kingdom showed the smallest increase for 15 years from 2005 to 2006, shows a survey published this week, and numbers of consultants in some major specialties fell.

The survey, carried out by the Royal College of Physicians, showed that the number of consultant physicians increased by only 1.8% from September 2005 to September 2006. This was the smallest increase recorded by the annual census since it began in 1991. Over this period the number of consultants grew by an average of 6.5% each year.

The annual increase in the number of consultant physicians in the UK has been shrinking for the past couple of years. In 2004-5 the number increased by 3.2% from the previous year, and the increase in 2003-4 was 5.4%.

The latest figures showed …

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