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General medicine’s recruitment crisis: what happened to all the heroes?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1812
  1. John Blakey, senior clinical lecturer in clinical sciences1, honorary consultant in respiratory medicine2,
  2. Ivan LeJeune, consultant in acute and respiratory medicine3,
  3. Miles Levy, consultant physician in endocrinology4,
  4. Dominick E Shaw, honorary consultant in respiratory medicine5, associate professor of respiratory medicine 6,
  5. Andrew F Goddard, consultant physician in gastroenterology7
  1. 1Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3Department of Emergency and Acute Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  4. 4University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  5. 5Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  6. 6University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  7. 7Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK
  1. jblakey{at}


Despite a growing need for high quality general care, fewer doctors are opting for a career in general medicine. John Blakey and colleagues look at how this situation has arisen and what might be done to tackle the problem


  • Competing interests: All authors have read the BMJ Group policy on declaration of interests. AFG is the director of medical workforce at the Royal College of Physicians, although the views expressed here are entirely those of the authors and were not seen prior to publication by any other official in the college. The other authors have no relevant conflicts of interest to declare.

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