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Letters Lack of consultant physicians

Retired and retiring consultants: an unrecognised and undervalued resource

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 15 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6477
  1. Rajendra Kumar Sinha, retired consultant physician
  1. Yeovil, UK
  1. rajan.sinha{at}

Cuts in job advertisements and the lack of trainees have been blamed for the shortage of doctors in the NHS in the 2019 census report of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.1 Calls made for improving retention of consultants and increasing the number of trainees are not new. By the time these are achieved, it might be too …

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