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Rise in hospital workload outstrips growth in medical workforce

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 25 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2457
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

The rise in outpatient appointment numbers is outstripping the growth in the number of hospital doctors, data from NHS Digital show.

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of full time equivalent consultants increased by 45%, from 29 613 to 42 903. Over the same period, outpatient appointment attendances increased by 79%, from 50 038 667 in …

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