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Decline in NHS workforce will impact patient care, says BMA

14 March 2007

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Government statistics published today (Wednesday 14 March, 2007) show that the UK’s NHS workforce fell by 11,000 in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Commenting on the figures, British Medical Association (BMA) Chairman Mr James Johnson, said: “NHS trusts are under mounting pressure to balance the books and posts are being cut. This is devastating for the staff who are made redundant and demoralising for those who are left to cover the work. Although the majority of job losses are nonmedical they will inevitably have a negative impact on patient care.”