Doctors against NHS revamp17th September 2008
Doctors’ leaders have warned that a revamp of the NHS workforce in London could cause "irrevocable damage" to the careers of medical staff.
Under plans for the capital, health chiefs want to see 47% of medics working out in the community in a move linked to the roll-out of polyclinics in London.
The move would double the number currently working in the community under the initiative that wants to see doctors spending more of their training outside hospitals.
NHS London is investing an extra £132m in training over the next 10 years and also plans to increase the number of nurses, midwives and doctors by 4,000 to 19,000.
The plan is for most of these workers to be based in 150 polyclinics.
NHS London chief executive Ruth Carnall said the plans were about getting "the right health professional working in the right place".
"In the future, doctors and other health staff will be spending more of their time training where they will be working - the community," she added.
However, changes to training will need to be made as part of this transformation, particularly among junior doctors who spend 90% of their time in hospitals.
However, the British Medical Association said that the polyclinic network needed to "bed in" for when the changes to training were introduced.
A spokesman said: "The concern is that a lot of doctors' careers could be irrevocably damaged in a system which is not yet proven."
Following the introduction of polyclinics in London, more will be set up across England.
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Title: Doctors against NHS revamp
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 8378
Date Added: 17th Sep 2008