BMA asks government to support campaign for more consultants

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:797
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The BMA has launched a campaign to call for more consultants in the NHS, after a survey of the royal colleges shows a growing shortfall in the number of specialists needed to meet demand in many clinical areas.

    The number of consultants needs to rise in emergency medicine, trauma, intensive care, acute medicine, paediatrics, and obstetrics, says the BMA report.

    The BMA says that mounting evidence also shows the need to increase the number of consultants above existing expansion to ensure that patients receive the highest possible level of care.

    “It has become clear that many . . . NHS employers in the recent …

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