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Foundation trusts plan to recruit 2400 extra doctors in 2013-14

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 26 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4759
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Plans by foundation trusts in England to shed staff have been deferred as a result of reviews into hospitals with higher than expected mortality rates and the expectation of tougher quality inspections, the regulator of the trusts has found.

The 145 foundation trusts in England plan to recruit 10 000 additional staff in 2013-14, including 1134 consultants, 1273 junior doctors, and 4133 nurses, said Monitor in its Annual Plan Review.1

The extra jobs will cost £500m (€580m; $765m), or 2% of staffing costs. They follow growing problems in meeting waiting time targets in emergency departments and concern over the quality of care in hospitals identified by the medical director of the NHS, Bruce Keogh, on 17 July2 and pressure from the royal colleges for 24/7 cover.

But next year’s workforce increases are seen …

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