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Consultants urgently needed

9th April 2008

The British Medical Association has written to Health Secretary Alan Johnson saying that more hospital consultants are urgently needed to ensure quality care is provided for patients.

The BMA says there is a shortfall in a number of areas and raises particular concern over a shortage in emergency medicine, intensive care, trauma care, acute medicine, paediatrics and obstetrics and wants to see another 2,000 full-time consultants recruited. The Department of Health has responded by saying that planning workforce numbers is the responsibility of local health trusts.

 

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