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NHS at risk of “complete collapse” from exodus of consultants, BMA warns

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 12 October 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2465
  1. Zainab Hussain
  1. The BMJ

The BMA has urged the government to avert a major exodus of senior hospital doctors in England after a survey of almost 8000 doctors revealed that four in 10 consultants and half of surveyed consultant surgeons plan to leave or take a break from working in the NHS over the next year.

The BMA warned that such a “tidal wave” of resignations would leave the NHS “in danger of complete collapse” unless the government takes urgent action to tackle pay and pension arrangements and working conditions.

Vishal Sharma, chair of the BMA consultants committee, said, “Our …

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