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The BMA should apply itself to solving the NHS’s productivity problem

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1672
  1. Paul E Shannon, consultant anaesthetist1
  1. 1Doncaster, UK
  1. paul.shannon{at}

Some doctors seem to be confused by productivity. It is the ratio of outputs to inputs. Output per hour is, more properly, a partial productivity measure. When I was a registrar in anaesthesia, I did more than 1000 anaesthetic procedures a year; nowadays a registrar is lucky to do 400. This means less output per doctor, but the …

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