Published: 20/12/2001, Volume III, No. 5786 Page 8

Nearly nine in ten consultants say that their attempts to make improvements to the NHS have been thwarted in some way, according to a straw poll of 100 consultants by the British Medical Association.

The poll, part of a BMA project to encourage consultants to describe innovative practice which improves patient care in the NHS and to challenge the idea that consultants are resistant to change, also found that nearly two-thirds of those surveyed believed the increase in spending on the NHS had not had any impact on their hospital or unit.