British Medical Association consultants committee chair Dr Jonathan Fielden has criticised the Department of Health’s draft pay and workforce documents, revealed in HSJtoday.

He said: ‘It is absurd to suggest that the NHS in England needs fewer hospital consultants.

‘To suggest that there should be fewer consultants, and of a lower grade, will destroy the gold standard of specialist care that patients rightly deserve.’

Responding to the same report, BMA GPs committee chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the NHS was already suffering from a shortage of family doctors.

‘The UK has been short of GPs for years and is still under-doctored in many areas,’ he said.

‘While we do not accept that GP supply and demand are currently evenly matched, it is alarming to note that even the Department of Health is now expecting a shortfall of 1,200 GPs in the coming years.’

Read Dr Fielden’s comments here

Read Dr Meldrum’s comments here

British Medical Association consultants committee chair Dr Jonathan Fielden has criticised the Department of Health’s draft pay and workforce documents, revealed in HSJtoday.

He said: ‘It is absurd to suggest that the NHS in England needs fewer hospital consultants.

‘To suggest that there should be fewer consultants, and of a lower grade, will destroy the gold standard of specialist care that patients rightly deserve.’

Responding to the same report, BMA GPs committee chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said the NHS was already suffering from a shortage of family doctors.

‘The UK has been short of GPs for years and is still under-doctored in many areas,’ he said.

‘While we do not accept that GP supply and demand are currently evenly matched, it is alarming to note that even the Department of Health is now expecting a shortfall of 1,200 GPs in the coming years.’

Read Dr Fielden’s comments here

Read Dr Meldrum’s comments here